bewildered

adjective
be·​wil·​dered | \ bi-ˈwil-dərd How to pronounce bewildered (audio) , bē- \

Definition of bewildered

: 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. Dickie Pope is staring at me, bewildered now, perhaps even convinced I'm insane.— Richard Russo

Examples of bewildered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a moment where the foursome exist in a kind of happy, bewildered harmony, with Anna, Aisha and Benjamin learning to develop their abilities. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 On Thursday, prosecutors Hans Moore and Rebecca Young appeared to be building a case that Stangel began striking a bewildered Spiers without any reasonable cause. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Feb. 2022 Come to think of it, the Road & Track editors were a bit bewildered too. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2021 The best part was Raiders' head coach Jon Gruden's reaction to being told of the delay, as his bewildered expression upon gazing at the roof above says it all. Mary Clarke, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 Led by Garrett, the Browns sacked a bewildered Fields nine times in his first NFL start, tied for most since Dec. 13, 2015 against the 49ers, and two shy of the club record. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021 The bewildered freshman, Russell, stands at attention to make the visual experience easier for the gawking crowd. Ari Blaff, National Review, 30 July 2021 For years, director Edgar Wright would try to explain his love for the influential bizarro cult band Sparks to the uninitiated, only to be met with bewildered stares. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 The bewildered Swede protested in vain and finally called an American to the telephone to confirm the news. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bewildered

1760, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2022

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“Bewildered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bewildered. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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