Definition of confused
- the confused students
- The patient became confused.
- a zigzag, crisscross, confused trail
- —Harry Hervey
- a contradictory and often confused story
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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chaotic, cluttered, disarranged, disarrayed, disheveled (or dishevelled), disordered, disorderly, higgledy-piggledy, hugger-mugger, jumbled, littered, messed, messy, muddled, mussed, mussy, pell-mell, rumpled, sloppy, topsy-turvy, tousled, tumbled, unkempt, untidy, upside-down;
bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, blackened, cruddy, dingy, dirty, draggled, filthy, foul, grimy, grubby, grungy, mucky, nasty, smudged, soiled, spotted, squalid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly;
at sixes and sevens, out of joint;
: unable to understand or think clearly
: difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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