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befuddle

[ bih-fuhd-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF befuddle

Synonyms for befuddle

  • baffle
  • bewilder
  • daze
  • disorient
  • distract
  • dumbfound
  • fluster
  • intoxicate
  • muddle
  • puzzle
  • stupefy
  • addle
  • bother
  • inebriate
  • shake
  • ball up
  • make punchy
  • mix up
  • throw off
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Antonyms for befuddle

  • clarify
  • clear up
  • enlighten
  • explain
  • explicate
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEFUDDLE

It is a flat public loss, another attempt to befuddle our thinking.

He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him—but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.

Daniel Sands had no cosmic problems on his mind with which to befuddle young Perry.

But when an artist tells them of recondite principles in æsthetics they accuse him of an endeavour to befuddle them.

He had been drinking alcolite; not enough to befuddle him, but enough to make him triumphantly talkative.

I am willing to wager my soul, however, that that box is simply a hoax to befuddle us.

These Roman nights, with their garlic and incense, are apt to befuddle the brain,—rob it of its power to plot.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BEFUDDLE

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verbconfuse
  • baffle
  • befuddle
  • bewilder
  • confound
  • discombobulate
  • disconcert
  • fuddle
  • mix up
  • muddle
  • muddy
  • mystify
  • perplex
  • puzzle

bewilder

verbconfuse
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