befuddlement


befuddlement

verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.

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

verb (tr)

  1. to confuse, muddle, or perplex
  2. 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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