Befuddled



to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments:
politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
to make stupidly drunk.
Contemporary Examples

Confusion over the catcher’s eye black is just the tip of the iceberg for this befuddled limey.
Viral Video of the Day: Bad British MLB Commentary Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum May 6, 2014

The ruins of an ancient town deep in the Kenyan forest have befuddled archaeologists and historians for decades.
Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi Nina Strochlic September 17, 2014

In this September 2011 MSNBC segment, Bashir seems almost as befuddled delivering the lines as we might be hearing them.
Chris Matthews, Joy Behar & More Awkward Chris Christie Fat Jokes (VIDEO) Abby Haglage August 27, 2012

Taken aback, toothpaste dribbling down my chin, I stood there befuddled, not quite sure what to do next.
Can a Jew Get Down With Hot Jesus from ‘Son of God?’ Sara Lieberman March 8, 2014

Are you sort of befuddled by his status as this sort of hipster pinup?
Anthony Mackie Talks About ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ & More Marlow Stern June 19, 2012

Historical Examples

I didn’t come nine hundred and forty-seven light-years to be befuddled by a robot.
Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace

But it was the multiplicity of laws that befuddled White Fang and often brought him into disgrace.
White Fang Jack London

“Sure, I telled ye she bes well,” replied the befuddled fisherman.
The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts

To his befuddled mind, the first step was to dress the part.
Louisiana Lou William West Winter

Suddenly, however, he sat up with a jerk and his expression changed from befuddled contentment to genuine horror.
Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett

verb (transitive)
to confuse, muddle, or perplex
to make stupid with drink
v.

“confuse,” 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally “to confuse with strong drink or opium” (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

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