fud·​dle ˈfə-dᵊl How to pronounce fuddle (audio)
fuddled; fuddling ˈfəd-liŋ How to pronounce fuddle (audio)

transitive verb

: to make drunk : intoxicate
: to make confused : muddle
corridors, archways, recesses … combined to fuddle any sense of directionElizabeth Bowen

Examples of fuddle in a Sentence

the hotel staff is completely fuddled by the guest's bizarre requests
Recent Examples on the Web In colliding with a new type of animal, a chemical that might once have served to fuddle the wits of pests has been transformed into a glittering lure. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, 24 June 2020

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuddle was in 1588

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“Fuddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuddle. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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