confused

adjective con·fused \ kən-ˈfyüzd \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of confused

1 a :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

confusedly

play \kən-ˈfyü-zəd-lē, -ˈfyüzd-\ adverb

confusedness

play \kən-ˈfyü-zəd-nəs, -ˈfyüz(d)-\ noun

Examples of confused in a Sentence

  1. I've never been so confused.

  2. We're confused about what to do next.

  3. He gave a confused speech denying the accusations.

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Origin and Etymology of confused

Middle English — more at confuse


CONFUSED Defined for English Language Learners

confused

adjective

Definition of confused for English Language Learners

  • : unable to understand or think clearly

  • : difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.


Medical Dictionary

confused

adjective con·fused \ kən-ˈfyüzd \

medical Definition of confused

:affected with mental confusion


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