con·​found·​ed | \ kən-ˈfau̇n-dəd How to pronounce confounded (audio) , (ˌ)kän-ˈfau̇n-, ˈkän-ˌfau̇n-\

Definition of confounded

2 : damned I can't close this confounded window.

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Other Words from confounded

confoundedly adverb

Examples of confounded in a Sentence

I can't close this confounded window! that confounded dog chewed up my shoe

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The Germans are no less confounded than the Democrats. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion," 14 June 2019 Learn how to work the confounded thing at free Android smartphone workshops being held in South Florida, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons. Doreen Christensen,, "Verizon offers new 55 Plus plan for seniors with up to $50 in monthly savings | Doreen's Deals," 9 Mar. 2018 For decades, recovery stories like this confounded researchers, who characterized autism as a lifelong condition. Brendan Borrell, Slate Magazine, "Can You Cure Autism?," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of confounded

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confounded

Middle English confunded, confounded, from past participle of confounden "to confound"

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The first known use of confounded was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of confounded

informal + old-fashioned : very bad or annoying

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to form ideas or theories about something

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