con·fused | \kən-ˈfyüzd \

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, -ˈfyüzd- \ adverb
confusedness \kən-ˈfyü-zəd-nəs, -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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Crusty men in suits that once fitted rise slowly to their feet to make confused points. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 For those who are confused, the dance comes from this viral commercial from 2009. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Steph Curry is doing the 'BBQ and foot massage' dance again," 26 May 2018 The contract is clear, but maybe her online agency is confused. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Troubleshooter | Her airline canceled, but Expedia won’t give her a refund," 25 June 2018 But if Manfred and MLB are truly confused about what’s leading to fewer fans trekking to stadiums nation-wide, the answer is easily visible in the standings. Jon Tayler,, "Rob Manfred and MLB's Declining Attendance Issue," 15 June 2018 But many Americans apparently are confused about various rules under the new law. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, "Analysis: 2018 income tax rule changes are creating lots of myths and misconceptions," 7 June 2018 When endless daylight means mowing the lawn at midnight, watching the sunrise at 3 a.m., and generally being confused about the time of day. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Only Alaskans will understand these summertime memes," 1 June 2018 The Two in One Poreless Power Liquid will be released here in the States in May. People are confused about what exactly the new Cosrx product does, though. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The New Cosrx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid Is Like Glass Skin in a Bottle," 9 Apr. 2018 Trump’s closest confidants speak with an unusual level of concern, even alarm, and admit to being confused about what the president will do next — and why. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Staffers Are Freaking Out Even More Than Usual Right Now," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of confused

: unable to understand or think clearly

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


con·fused | \kən-ˈfyüzd \

Medical Definition of confused 

: affected with mental confusion

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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