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

Word History


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.

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bumfuzzled was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Bumfuzzled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumfuzzled. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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