Definition of fuddle in English:

fuddle

verb

[with object]usually as adjective fuddled
  • 1Confuse or stupefy (someone), especially with alcohol.

    • ‘Trouble is, it's a dangerously ambiguous thing to say and Evangelicals who want to be ‘open and affirming’ are fuddled by the inability to distinguish the theology from the therapy.’
    • ‘They thought he was an old has-been, that the fever had fuddled his wits, that his weeks of near-starvation had starved his brain-tissue into comatose stasis.’
    • ‘I was a bit fuddled, but it's certainly a very strange album.’
    • ‘‘Cocktail,’ the paper stated, ‘is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters - it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that if fuddles the head.’’
    • ‘Forget the picture of fuddled labourers reeling in fields at harvest time after draughts of the farmer's rudimentary cider.’
    • ‘Something that will let me do a bit of much-needed spring cleaning in my fuddled brain.’
    • ‘At elections, when our minds are fuddled by fudged facts and slanted statistics, we ordinary mugs need merely study the smooth political faces on the television - and sniff.’
    • ‘If you fuddle people's brains with legal-speak, they're bound to start thinking about something else, like Turkish immigrants.’
    • ‘Any royal guards that came into this place would, of course, stop for a pint, and by the time he'd finished Murphy's ale, he'd be too fuddled to lace his own boots, much less discover the whole world that existed just below the dirty floor.’
    • ‘But I reserve the right to feel that their thinking is fuddled.’
    • ‘Pain, cold, and exhaustion fuddled Sara's mind, but she managed to recall the last thing that had happened.’
    • ‘He keeps a clear head whilst she becomes fuddled.’
    • ‘I'm half asleep and I have to streak over to the other side of the house to the keypad and when I get there, I'm all fuddled because the alarm is shrieking, and I'm half-asleep, and I'm so confused, and I blank out on the code.’
    • ‘The naming conventions of Intel processors has kept me a bit fuddled for the last few years.’
    • ‘For fans too fuddled by technology to get to grips with the membership scheme which allowed free downloads from the French band's website, this will be much more reassuringly old-fashioned.’
    • ‘I was worried about leaving Rob with them, in case his simple brain was fuddled by their complex arguments of Just Because, All Right?’
    • ‘The early C minor quartet has elements of greatness imbued in it but the ideas are slightly fuddled and the composer was to improve quite immeasurably later.’
    • ‘It worked at cross-purposes, unable to escape the inference of fuddled human personnel and jerky moving parts.’
    • ‘My thoughts were fuddled and I thought for a few minutes that my mind was just tired, but in the end I decided it wasn't that I was tired… it was that I wasn't going to fight my thoughts when I knew they weren't lying to me.’
    • ‘The cannabis debate can fuddle the brain almost as much as the drug itself.’
    muddle, daze, stupefy, befuddle, bewilder, confuse, perplex, baffle, obscure
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    1. 1.1archaic no object Go on a drinking bout.

noun

  • 1A state of confusion or intoxication.

    ‘through the fuddle of wine he heard some of the conversation’
    • ‘The muddle, fuddle, blunder and guddle that followed has only helped turn devolution into a source of national embarrassment.’
    1. 1.1archaic A drinking bout.
      drinking bout, debauch
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘go on a drinking bout’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

fuddle

/ˈfʌd(ə)l/