verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.

  1. to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
  2. to make stupidly drunk.

verb (tr)

  1. to confuse, muddle, or perplex
  2. to make stupid with drink

“confuse,” 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally “to confuse with strong drink or opium” (by 1832). An earlier word in the same sense was begunk (1725). Related: Befuddled; befuddling.

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