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 confused (audio) , -​ˈfyüzd-​ \ adverb
confusedness \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce confused (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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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Medical Definition of confused

: affected with mental confusion

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