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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Inside, there was the hectic, confused energy of a field hospital run mostly by non-doctors. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 In the parking lot, Neymar walked alone as though confused. Jonathan Wilson,, "The Danger of Overreacting to Brazil's Disappointing World Cup Exit," 7 July 2018 Read More Charlotte Hornets' Mitch Kupchak explains why Dwight Howard had to go ▪ Rookie Miles Bridges looked a little confused passing out of double-teams or knowing when to look for passes out of cuts. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets: Malik Monk gets off to hot start in NBA Summer League opener," 6 July 2018 Scorpion is a confused, overly long vanity record not unlike Views. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018 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

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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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