be·​wil·​dered bi-ˈwil-dərd How to pronounce bewildered (audio)
: deeply or utterly confused or perplexed
I was appalled and was too bewildered to do or say anything.Bram Stoker
He looked at her with a bewildered expression.
Speaking for myself, I stumbled into motherhood and was bewildered at the shift of gears, the volte-face required to reorient myself, my values and my way of life into being a carer of small children.Madeleine Bunting

Examples of bewildered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Customers were spared bewildered wanderings through canyons of video boxes by the good advice of the counter people, and the time that those counter people were forced to spend with one another created its own fanatical ecosystem. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2024 Toby Wells of Cornerstone Servicing in Houston says his company fields many inquiries from bewildered customers when their payments rise. Lew Sichelman, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 After two impressive victories in Salt Lake City to open tournament play, the Wildcats moved even closer to home ( Arena in L.A.) and played like a bewildered road team. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Most of all, there was an outpouring of bewildered fury from women who believed her promotion of marital submission undid much of the feminist work that had been accomplished during the past half century. Sophie Elmhirst, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 Agnes is a contrast to Elena’s sycophantic Greek chorus of cheery and bewildered advisors who barely have names and definitely don’t have individual personalities other than that they’re played by pedigreed British thespians (David Bamber, Danny Web and Henry Goodman, among others). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2024 Some seemed to bask in living as rich sellouts, and some insisted on presenting a political critique, but all reveled in being condemned by bewildered Egyptian parents. Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But the bewildered reactions have hardly dampened users’ resolve to hype it as a transformative interface. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 The answer, revealed to me after months of bewildered meditation, was simple but not very satisfying. Truman Capote, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bewildered was in 1760

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“Bewildered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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