con·​fused kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio)
: being perplexed or disconcerted
the confused students
: disoriented with regard to one's sense of time, place, or identity
The patient became confused.
: indistinguishable
a zigzag, crisscross, confused trailHarry Hervey
: being disordered or mixed up
a contradictory and often confused story
confusedly adverb
confusedness 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.
Recent Examples on the Web So far, the would-be House speaker has succeeded in stemming a tide of defectors calling for Biden’s exit after a debate last week in which the president noticeably stumbled at times, spoke in a thin voice, mumbled words and occasionally looked confused. Jacqueline Alemany, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 Swift kept singing though looked visibly confused, but smiled as Ravnik came over and scooped her off the structure. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 1 July 2024 At times appearing confused, and repeatedly losing his train of thought. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 30 June 2024 From the opening exchanges, the incumbent appeared hoarse, unsteady, and at times confused. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for confused 

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Word History


Middle English — more at confuse

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of confused was in the 14th century

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“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


con·​fused kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio)
: affected with mental confusion

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