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Befuddle   /bɪfˈədəl/   Listen
Befuddle

verb
(past & past part. befuddled)
1.
Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly.  Synonyms: bedevil, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw.  "This question completely threw me" , "This question befuddled even the teacher"
2.
Make stupid with alcohol.  Synonym: fuddle.



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"Befuddle" Quotes from Famous Books



... flagrantly, tactlessly liked the place. He drank the autumn like wine; he was tipsy with it; and his loving her didn't tend to sober him. The consequence was that she drew away—as if he had been getting drunk on some foul African brew that was good only to befuddle woolly heads with; as if, in other words, he had not been getting drunk like a gentleman.... Anyhow, Arnold came back with a bad headache. She had found a gentle brutality to fit his case. He would have been wise, I believe, to bring her away, even if ...
— The Best Short Stories of 1920 - and the Yearbook of the American Short Story • Various



Words linked to "Befuddle" :   vex, gravel, baffle, mystify, amaze, beat, disorientate, nonplus, bewilder, dumbfound, inebriate, intoxicate, fox, perplex, pose, puzzle, confound, flummox, put off, get, stick, disorient, flurry, demoralize, soak, discombobulate, be, stupefy, disconcert



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