be·​fud·​dle | \ bi-ˈfə-dᵊl How to pronounce befuddle (audio) , bē- \
befuddled; befuddling; befuddles

Definition of befuddle

transitive verb

1 : to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink befuddled with drink all the time.— Ellen Glasgow
2 : confuse, perplex a problem that still befuddles the experts

Other Words from befuddle

befuddlement \ bi-​ˈfə-​dᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce befuddle (audio) , bē-​ \ noun

Examples of befuddle in a Sentence

most of the applicants were befuddled by the wording of one of the questions on the driving test
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First Known Use of befuddle

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for befuddle

be- + fuddle

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“Befuddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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be·​fud·​dle | \ bi-ˈfə-dᵊl How to pronounce befuddle (audio) \
befuddled; befuddling

Kids Definition of befuddle

: confuse sense 1 Your explanation befuddled me.

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