confused

adjective
con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Definition of confused

1a : being perplexed or disconcerted the confused students
b : disoriented with regard to one's sense of time, place, or identity The patient became confused.
2 : indistinguishable a zigzag, crisscross, confused trail— Harry Hervey
3 : being disordered or mixed up a contradictory and often confused story

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Other Words from confused

confusedly \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​lē How to pronounce confusedly (audio) , -​ˈfyüzd-​ \ adverb
confusedness \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce confusedness (audio) , -​ˈfyüz(d)-​ \ noun

Examples of confused in a Sentence

I've never been so confused. We're confused about what to do next. He gave a confused speech denying the accusations.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Fans on Twitter are more confused about this rumored coupling than anything else: This is the second romance rumor involving Lady Gaga to pop up this year. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Has Reportedly Been Spending ‘a Lot of Time’ With Jeremy Renner," 21 Mar. 2019 Much like everyone else at the moment, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is confused about where the economy is headed. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Bank on JPMorgan Chase in Uncertain Times," 26 Feb. 2019 My parents were thrilled with my new beau, but my mother was a little confused about his job status. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 One thing fans may be more confused about, however, is the series' murky fate in the wake of the film's launch. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Not Bander-snatched: Black Mirror confirms fifth season plans," 28 Dec. 2018 In this case, Hand says, the test of whether trade dress has been violated is whether consumers are confused about the maker of Target’s product. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 Minimalism has gotten confused with this idea of white walls and blank spaces. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "David Adjaye's Message to Architects: Stop Building McMansions," 26 Mar. 2019 Viewers were very confused as to why the network would reveal secrets from their own premiere. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘American Idol’ May Have Accidentally Spoiled Their New Season and Everyone Is Confused," 25 Feb. 2019 Even Zack Britton gets confused about the proper spelling of his first name. Mark Didtler, The Seattle Times, "Name game: Britton says wife, Yanks led to spelling change," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of confused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for confused

Middle English — more at confuse

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confused

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of confused

: unable to understand or think clearly
: difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.

confused

adjective
con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Medical Definition of confused

: affected with mental confusion

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