verb (used with object)

  1. to confuse or puzzle completely; perplex: These shifting attitudes bewilder me.

verb (tr)

  1. to confuse utterly; puzzle
  2. archaic to cause to become lost

1680s, from be- “thoroughly” + archaic wilder “lead astray, lure into the wilds,” probably a back-formation of wilderness. An earlier word with the same sense was bewhape (early 14c.). Related: Bewildered; bewildering; bewilderingly.

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