tr.v. be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling, be·fud·dles
1. To cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly; confuse:
2. To stupefy with alcohol; intoxicate.
Synonyms: befuddle, addle, discombobulate, fuddle, muddle
These verbs mean to cause to be unclear in mind or intent: a difficult question that befuddled the authorities; problems that addle my brain; was discombobulated by all of the choices; a complex plot line that fuddled my comprehension; a student who was muddled by endless facts and figures.
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