from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being unable to think with clarity or act with understanding and intelligence.
  • adj. Lacking logical order or sense: a confused set of instructions.
  • adj. Chaotic; jumbled: a confused mass of papers on the floor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. chaotic, jumbled or muddled
  • adj. making no sense; illogical
  • adj. embarrassed
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of confuse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as confounded.
  • adj. lacking orderly continuity.
  • adj. thrown into disorder.
  • adj. having lost one's bearings physically or mentally.
  • adj. not marked by fine distinctions.
  • adj. causing bafflement and confusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking orderly arrangement of parts; involved; disordered.
  • In entomology, tending to become united in one mass, as parts of a jointed organ: as, antennæ with confused outer joints.
  • In logic, indistinct: applied especially to an idea whose parts are not clearly distinguished. See clear, a., 6, and distinct.
  • Perplexed; embarrassed; disconcerted.
  • Synonyms Indiscriminate, indistinct, intricate, deranged.
  • Mystified, bewildered, flurried, abashed, discomposed, agitated, mortified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity
  • adj. lacking orderly continuity
  • adj. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
  • adj. mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently
  • adj. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion


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