con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

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 How to pronounce confusedly (audio) , -​ˈfyüzd-​ \ adverb
confusedness \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce confusedness (audio) , -​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 Amazon’s warning, which began appearing on December 20, confused and angered many of Honey’s users, some of whom complained on its official social media channels. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal's $4 Billion Acquisition," 9 Jan. 2020 On April 3, police found Rini wandering on a Newport street, appearing confused and in need of help, court documents say. Kevin Grasha,, "Man who pretended to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen set to plead guilty in federal court," 6 Jan. 2020 The mom is genuinely confused and then apologizes to Zendaya for getting her show wrong. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A Fan Thought Zendaya Was on “13 Reasons Why” And the Video is SO Cringey," 30 Dec. 2019 The historian at The Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, will tell you a tale about how the historic hotel's founder once tried to get a room just up the street at the Old Seelbach Hotel, 500 S. Fourth St. — but was confused for a bum and turned away. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A Day in the Neighborhood: Why South Fourth Street defines Louisville more than we realize," 12 Dec. 2019 But when the episode ended on the verge of a major shootout with the NOLA team outnumbered, fans were left confused and in the dark as there was no trailer for the next episode. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "NCIS: NOLA’ Fans Lost It Over the Major Cliffhanger About Lasalle’s Killer," 30 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile the remaining windows of their old house reflected only the faces of chimpanzees, which visited regularly, glowering in, confused and provoked by the chimp images mirrored there, which seemed to be glowering out. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019 Constant chopping and changing of personnel, formations and tactics led to confused and disjointed performances, and his in-game substitutions left many supporters scratching their heads., "Supporters' Sympathy for Sacked Nathan Jones Reflects the Demise of Stoke City," 3 Nov. 2019 The book, like Williams’s first, is a confused and confusing text, full of clichéd turns of phrase that match its facile conclusion. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of confused was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confused.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce confused (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of confused

: unable to understand or think clearly
: difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.


con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Medical Definition of confused

: affected with mental confusion

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