Definition of bewilder in English:



  • Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused.

    ‘she was bewildered by his sudden change of mood’
    • ‘Most of his friends were bewildered by his change of direction, and he was alienated from all but the most loyal.’
    • ‘But what bewilders me is that instead of providing a real solution, the local authority simply forces the schools to close.’
    • ‘If these questions bewilder you, you are not alone.’
    • ‘Some people seem bewildered by our strong concern for the plight of African lions.’
    • ‘The fact that nearly 70 years later it can still astonish, satisfy, and bewilder its audience means that there is more here than just some archetypal ancient filmmaking techniques.’
    • ‘The utter imprudence of our mayor and City Council bewilders me.’
    • ‘Questions like these will bewilder historians - and novelists - for decades to come.’
    • ‘With success came prize money, and he was bewildered by the commercialism of the western world.’
    • ‘You sense the reaction to the pool closure has surprised and perhaps bewildered the council.’
    • ‘Some processors worry the seemingly contradictory medical findings will only serve to bewilder consumers, leaving them unsure which way to turn.’
    • ‘I was completely bewildered by his question.’
    • ‘Decisions are made that bewilder the players and fans alike.’
    • ‘Such behaviour on the part of young people bewilders parents and pastors today.’
    • ‘The chief executive said he was bewildered by the government decision.’
    • ‘They have to be sure that while their new ads serve as novel re-introductions to their brand of products, they are also not so strange and new as to bewilder people.’
    • ‘A lot of people are bewildered by the society we are living in.’
    • ‘Many doctors are bewildered by the potential choice of drug or drug combinations.’
    • ‘At first this new arrangement bewilders me, then I'm angry that nobody told me we were moving.’
    • ‘For someone who, in the past, has been rated as the best goalkeeper in the world, it bewilders me why he so often opts to do the silly as opposed to the sensible.’
    • ‘She knows that he only agreed to breakfast because he knew his mother wouldn't be here but the one thing that bewilders her is why he is so desperate not to accept his role in the family.’
    • ‘It bewilders me why so many fans go so far to slavishly ape their icons' lifestyle, dress, and style.’
    baffling, difficult to understand, perplexing, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, confusing, disconcerting
    unaccountable, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, above one's head, beyond one
    complex, complicated, involved, intricate, convoluted, labyrinthine, byzantine, daedalian, gordian
    baffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, at sea, at a loss, thrown off balance, disorientated, taken aback
    flummoxed, bamboozled, discombobulated
    baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
    flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all greek to, make someone's head spin, floor, fog
    wilder, gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, distract, pose
    wildered, distracted, mazed
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Late 17th century: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + obsolete wilder ‘lead or go astray’, of unknown origin.