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

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Examples of bewildered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In dark, bewildered, contemplative tones, the album summarizes how much 2020 changed this once happy-go-lucky rapper. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "The year in Minnesota music: best albums and most trying moments," 24 Dec. 2020 Going back and forth between households with irreconcilable customs and beliefs caused the children to feel bewildered and lost, the lawyer for the religious parent would say. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 By this point, even Zidane could only muster a bewildered smirk, but there would be few smiles in that Real changing room at half time. Matias Grez, CNN, "Shakhtar Donetsk produces stunning Champions League upset to defeat 13-time winner Real Madrid," 21 Oct. 2020 In the wake of his father’s untimely death, Hap searches for clues that only leave him more bewildered and uncertain than before. Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY, "Review: Bill Clegg's 'The End of the Day' a story of friendship, love and memory," 30 Sep. 2020 Directed by Ryan Hope, the slow jam's accompanying video sees Malik wake up shirtless and a little bewildered. Ruth Kinane,, "Watch Zayn Malik get dressed really slowly in new 'Better' video," 25 Sep. 2020 Peggy is offended by the rudeness, while the blonde (like the viewer) seems more bewildered than upset and barely bothers to get a word out in her own defense. Ruth Kinane,, "Is Million Dollar Beach House the new Selling Sunset? (Spoiler: It's not)," 3 Sep. 2020 The owner of a husky, 18 months, was cited Aug. 20 for allowing the dog to run loose through the neighborhood, running in circles around a crew of bewildered landscapers to the point where the homeowner sent them home for the day. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Road rage leads to shots fired on the freeway: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2020 Yet those few who don’t walk by quickly, those who push close at the checkout line, do the equivalent of setting off alarm bells—silently, in the heads of the bewildered and the panic-stricken. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Coronavirus Diary: Antisocial Distancing," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bewildered

1760, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Bewildered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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