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befuddle

be·fud·dle

befuddle

pronunciation:
b fuh dl
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: befuddled, befuddles, befuddling
definition 1: to stupefy with or as though with liquor.
He was befuddled when he left the bar and couldn't remember where he'd parked his car.
synonyms:
addle, besot, fuddle, stupefy
similar words:
inebriate, intoxicate, muddle
definition 2: to confuse or mislead.
The array of choices in the grocery store tends to befuddle her husband.The road sign, with its arrows pointing in two directions, befuddled most newcomers to the area.
synonyms:
befog, bewilder, confuse, fluster, fuddle, perplex
similar words:
baffle, boggle, confound, daze, dizzy, evade, jumble, muddle, mystify, obfuscate, rattle, stun
derivations: befuddlement (n.), befuddler (n.)
Word Parts
The word befuddle contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.