Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a confused multitude of things
  2. (verb, cognition) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    This question completely threw me
    This question befuddled even the teacher
  3. (verb, consumption) consume alcohol
  4. (verb, consumption) make stupid with alcohol

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Fuddle

  1. 1588, originally "to get drunk," later "to confuse as though with drink" (c.1600), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Low Ger. fuddeln "work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk)," from fuddle "worthless cloth." The more common derivative befuddle appeared 1887. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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