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fuddle (v.)

1580s, "to get drunk" (intransitive); c. 1600, "to confuse as though with drink" (transitive), of obscure origin, perhaps from Low German fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle dates only to 1873. Related: Fuddled; fuddling. A hard-drinker in 17c. might be called a fuddle-cap (1660s).

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Definitions of fuddle from WordNet
1
fuddle (v.)
make stupid with alcohol;
Synonyms: befuddle
fuddle (v.)
consume alcohol;
Synonyms: hit the bottle / drink / booze
fuddle (v.)
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;
2
fuddle (n.)
a confused multitude of things;
Synonyms: clutter / jumble / muddle / mare's nest / welter / smother
From wordnet.princeton.edu