from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To put into a state of confusion. synonym: befuddle.
  • intransitive verb To make drunk; intoxicate.
  • intransitive verb To drink; tipple.
  • noun A state of confusion or intoxication.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Strong drink.
  • To make foolish or stupid with drink; make intoxicated.
  • To drink to excess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb colloq. To make foolish by drink; to cause to become intoxicated.
  • intransitive verb colloq. To drink to excess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To confuse or befuddle
  • verb To intoxicate
  • noun intoxication
  • noun muddle, confusion
  • noun UK, dialect A party or picnic where attendees bring food and wine; a kind of potluck.

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

  • verb be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  • noun a confused multitude of things
  • verb consume alcohol
  • verb make stupid with alcohol


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

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  • And if none of these claims us, appalling

    age, like a fuddling narcotic,

    has the same effect on the rest of us.

    - Peter Reading, There seem to be so many of them,, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008