Definition of confused
1a : being perplexed or disconcerted the confused studentsb : 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
confusedlyplay \kən-ˈfyü-zəd-lē, -ˈfyüzd-\ adverb
confusednessplay \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.
Recent Examples of confused from the Web
In 2012, a confused sea turtle was found in a resort swimming pool on Hilton Head.
Gilbert was confused and in disbelief, shattered by the news that no parent should ever have to hear.
However, the celebrated American actor clearly was unable to perform to his usual high standards, repeating large swaths of text three or four times and appearing confused and, for certain, far from his usual on-stage self.
In Georgia, the trees were so confused by the weather many just never produced fruit at all.
The purpose of Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day.
Farmers are perplexed, the cops are confused, and the crooks are getting richer.
Garrel’s Lover is the last in a trilogy exploring love, lust and fidelity, while Denis’ Sunshine stars Juliette Binoche as a emotionally confused 50-something divorcee.
As a result, genital herpes is often confused for a yeast infection, urinary tract infection, or shaving mishap.
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Origin and Etymology of confused
First Known Use: 14th century
CONFUSED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confused for English Language Learners
: unable to understand or think clearly
: difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.
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