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

  • transitive v. To confuse; perplex. See Synonyms at confuse.
  • transitive v. To stupefy with or as if with alcoholic drink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to perplex or confuse (someone)
  • v. to stupefy someone, especially with alcohol

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To becloud and confuse, as with liquor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stupefy or muddle with intoxicants; make stupidly drunk.

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

  • v. make stupid with alcohol
  • v. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly


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  • Years later, Branson learned the band thought they were being drugged to befuddle them.

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  • In his 1920 novel, The Trial, Franz Kafka provided a dizzying look at the senseless complexity of a bureaucracy that seems to exist primarily to befuddle and punish its constituents.

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  • Alongside the reliable, quietly impressive Umar Gul , during the recent series Junaid Khan emerged as a canny, reliable bowler with some Asif-like qualities, while Aizaz Cheema looks lively, and the extraordinary windmilling flail of arms resembling a cartoon fight that constitutes the bowling action of Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir continues to have the occasional capacity to befuddle the best.

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  • Most of us go through life overthinking hamburgers or pretty girls or bad people; the Marx Brothers eat them, kiss them and befuddle them.

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  • She is not the woman to put my thoughts out of joint and the world out of gear, and so to befuddle and make me drunk with the beast that is in me, that I am ready to sacrifice truth, honesty, duty, and purpose for the sake of possession.

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  • such a silly-sounding word. but on that note, it DOES communicate the meaning aptly, in my opinion.

    November 16, 2008