confused

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web

But when Tatianna looked confused, Jujubee carefully drove the knife in. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "10 of the Best Reads in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Herstory," 2 July 2018 Those fans were given cash refunds by strip club staff who looked as confused as the crowd. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "After performance, Stormy Daniels seemingly storms out of Chicago strip club," 15 June 2018 Twitter users from Texas are confused – and perhaps a bit upset – after learning the results of a 2017 study that named In-N-Out as the state’s favorite fast-food restaurant. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Texans, Whataburger fans question validity of fast-food study after In-N-Out named state’s favorite," 24 Sep. 2018 The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying, in not so many words, that Mr. Trump had been confused. CBS News, "White House says Trump supports "moderate" GOP immigration bill after confusion," 16 June 2018 But some in the community are confused — and not convinced. Philly.com, "In one Philly neighborhood, critics ask: Is gentrification closing our high school?," 4 June 2018 When he was offered the home run ball, Choo was confused. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Shin-Soo Choo doesn't count his homers, but he'll hold on to his latest | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 The Air Canada pilots were apparently confused because one of two parallel runways was closed and dark before the late-night incident. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "NTSB faults Air Canada pilots for last year’s near disaster," 25 Sep. 2018 Since yesterday, Paul has been acting strangely and has seemed confused, alarming Janet. Eliezer J. Sternberg, Discover Magazine, "The Man Who Lost His Language Overnight," 17 Aug. 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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confused

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of confused

: unable to understand or think clearly

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

confused

adjective
con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd \

Medical Definition of confused

: affected with mental confusion

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