bum·​fuz·​zled | \ ˈbəm-ˌfə-zəld How to pronounce bumfuzzled (audio) \

Definition of bumfuzzled

US, informal
: in a state of bewilderment : confused or perplexed Elliott seemed a little bumfuzzled by the negativity, saying he had received a lot of offers of various kinds of help for the ballpark.— Bonnie Lill

First Known Use of bumfuzzled

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bumfuzzled

probably alteration (after befuddle) of earlier dumfoozled "confused," perhaps blend of dumbfounded (past participle of dumbfound) and fuzzle, variant of fuddle

Note: Also perhaps relevant is bamboozle, with a similar consonant-vowel frame, despite the difference in sense.

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“Bumfuzzled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumfuzzled. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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