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

Example Sentences

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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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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Cite this Entry

“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition


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

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