fuddle

verb
fud·​dle | \ ˈfə-dᵊl How to pronounce fuddle (audio) \
fuddled; fuddling\ ˈfəd-​liŋ How to pronounce fuddle (audio) , ˈfə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of fuddle

transitive verb

1 : to make drunk : intoxicate
2 : to make confused : muddle corridors, archways, recesses … combined to fuddle any sense of direction— Elizabeth Bowen

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Examples of fuddle in a Sentence

the hotel staff is completely fuddled by the guest's request for a dozen pillows
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, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of fuddle

1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fuddle

origin unknown

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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