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befuddle (v.)

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

updated on April 26, 2017

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Definitions of befuddle from WordNet

befuddle (v.)
make stupid with alcohol;
Synonyms: fuddle
befuddle (v.)
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;
This question befuddled even the teacher
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