Definition of confused in US English:



  • 1(of a person) unable to think clearly; bewildered.

    ‘she was utterly confused about what had just happened’
    ‘a very confused and unhappy boy’
    • ‘When she was confused about this, she asked if I would ever bring a woman a bowl of butternut squash soup at a party for a neutral reason, and I said absolutely not.’
    • ‘People are confused about the role of this board.’
    • ‘Like most people, I am confused about the facts.’
    • ‘I got a sense from the people in my audience that they were confused about several things.’
    • ‘I'm sure my parents were confused about my sudden turnaround.’
    • ‘Such understanding is particularly valuable in these days, when many people are confused about the essentials of the gospel.’
    • ‘We distributed the flyer to help to clarify the reasons why the school board is going to court, because we heard that people were still confused about the issues.’
    • ‘Many people are confused about how and when to force bulbs and think it must be much more complicated than it looks.’
    • ‘People are really confused about the whole thing.’
    • ‘Hopefully nobody is terribly confused about where this is going.’
    • ‘Though pro-European, he's not confused about his personal identity.’
    • ‘One side of me feels that I should keep my big mouth shut, and the other side feels that if this boy is confused about his sexuality, maybe he might be able to get some help early on.’
    • ‘Either the recession is biting harder than I had realised or a lot of people are confused about the boundaries between fact and fiction.’
    • ‘This is a response to the first thing we clepe because people are confused about what they really value.’
    • ‘And they are clearly confused about who has the burden of proof.’
    • ‘People are deeply confused about that, unless they're very psychologically alert to their feelings.’
    • ‘People were often confused about which documents were required, and in what language they should be drawn up.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder so many people are confused about the sun?’
    • ‘Yet, he is not confused about animals and speaks very clearly about the panther, deer and their characteristics.’
    • ‘One reason so many mentally ill people end up in prison is because doctors are confused about whether they are allowed to treat patients against their will.’
    demented, bewildered, muddled, addled, befuddled, disoriented, disorientated, at sea, all at sea, unbalanced, unhinged, senile, with alzheimer's disease
    vague, unclear, indistinct, imprecise, blurred, nebulous, hazy, woolly, foggy, shadowy, dim, imperfect, sketchy, obscure, remote
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    1. 1.1 Showing bewilderment.
      ‘a confused expression crossed her face’
      • ‘A confused expression was now pasted on my face.’
      • ‘She turned her gaze to him giving him a confused expression’
      • ‘‘She was going for the gun,’ he explained at our confused expressions.’
      • ‘The man nodded with a slightly confused expression.’
      • ‘He catches the confused expression covering my face.’
      • ‘The girls just looked at her with confused expressions.’
      • ‘Seeing her confused and sad expression she said ‘what's wrong honey?’’
      • ‘Less than half a second later, it shot back upwards, twinkling innocently, leaving John with a confused and slightly dazed expression.’
      • ‘She looked at me with the same confused expression.’
      • ‘I looked at her with a confused expression on my face.’
      • ‘When his facial features assumed a confused expression, she smiled almost coyly before rising on her tiptoes and planting a kiss directly on his lips.’
      • ‘I looked at Danielle, a confused expression on my face.’
      • ‘Claire noticed my confused expression and filled me in.’
      • ‘Paul didn't speak; he only continued to watch Christopher's somewhat confused expression as he continued to view the images.’
      • ‘Chloe looked up at him with a confused expression.’
      • ‘We like nothing more than seeing the confused expression on tourists' faces when we offer them two national flags, each purporting to represent Scotland.’
      • ‘She nearly screamed, causing him to set the stick aside and blink at her, a confused expression crossing his face, giving him a boyish appearance.’
      • ‘I almost laughed at the confused expression on his face.’
      • ‘She looked at the confused expressions on their faces.’
      • ‘A look of surprise crossed Evan's face, forming into a confused expression.’
      bewildered, bemused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, stumped, mystified, stupefied, nonplussed, muddled, befuddled, fuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, thrown, thrown off balance, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, discomposed, troubled, discomfited, unnerved, shaken, shaken up, dazed, stunned, astonished, astounded
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    2. 1.2 Not in possession of all one's mental faculties, especially because of old age.
      ‘interviewing confused old people does take longer’
      • ‘I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother and her confused mental state.’
      • ‘He was an ‘informal’ patient - not a patient under the Mental Health Act - and was described as confused.’
      • ‘His fear of death is his justification for imprisoning and abusing Cate, his deeply confused, mentally troubled young victim, in a Leeds hotel room.’
      • ‘He is not as strong, arrogant, and prideful as he was in the beginning of the play instead he is weak, scared, and a confused old man.’
      • ‘No wonder Howard looked and sounded like a confused old man in his multiple press conferences about his backflip.’
      • ‘He died in a residential home, a sad confused old man.’
      • ‘It would be no great surprise, along here, to bump into a platoon of confused old men in Japanese infantry uniforms.’
      • ‘I was about to do a happy dance when I remembered I was supposedly having a conversation with a confused old woman.’
      • ‘She says that putting elderly stroke patients on wards where there are mentally confused older people is causing them distress.’
      • ‘The first woman on line is a confused old lady who doesn't know how to find her proper seat.’
      • ‘I, meanwhile, looked like a confused chubby old bloke.’
      • ‘I tried not to get angry with the confused old fool.’
      • ‘You are talking about moving really confused, old people.’
      • ‘As I was leaving I walked past the nurses' station and saw the confused old woman from earlier on.’
      • ‘When I was young, and I have to add, foolish, I considered the law an oppressive force, and judges to be confused out-of-touch old farts.’
      • ‘The spiritual leader of a billion Catholics is now an ailing and confused old man, who may even be suffering from paranoia and psychosis caused by his Parkinson's disease.’
      • ‘Returning to the present, we find him a confused and frustrated old man, unable to come to grips with the horrific realities of modern war.’
      • ‘I was also a bit disappointed by their choice of targets, which seemed fairly random, but were mainly elderly couples or confused looking old men.’
      deranged, demented, unbalanced, out of one's mind, crazed, mad, insane
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    3. 1.3 Lacking order and thus difficult to understand.
      ‘the confused information supplied by authorities’
      ‘reports about the incident were rather confused’
      • ‘But while the voice of anger was clear, the debate itself was confused.’
      • ‘It frequently has to make its assessment on the basis of fragmented, incomplete and confused information.’
      • ‘That last word indicates something that is hazy, confused, difficult to grasp and bewildered.’
      • ‘So without our having to rely on our own confused struggle to understand the path, this person brings us to an understanding of what it is we are seeing.’
      • ‘It was a characteristically confused encounter but one that made it clear to the author that the events of 1967 had made him permanently homeless.’
      • ‘Our relationship was, at times, more than a little difficult and confused.’
      • ‘His attack the next day, and poor communications and confused orders left the New Zealand Division isolated and 10th Corps surrounded.’
      • ‘A lot of the information is confused and none of it is confirmed.’
      • ‘Once a fateful decision has been taken, an open mind becomes a luxury because any reappraisal may result in confused orders and demoralization.’
      • ‘It may even be as the proponents of ‘lay epidemiology’ argue that the public is good at combining confused and conflicting information to reach a conclusion.’
      • ‘To pretty much anyone this lot represents a bewildering, tangled, confused maze of information.’
      • ‘It is understood councillors also met a confused response when asking about the officer's register of interests.’
      • ‘An emotion, in other words, is a form of understanding, however confused, in which a greater or lesser activity of the mind might be expressed.’
      • ‘He said Wednesday his information indicated an attack there, but he admitted the information remains confused.’
      • ‘This is probably one of the most difficult and confused aspects of the defence.’
      chaotic, muddled, jumbled, unclear, untidy, disordered, disorderly, disarranged, out of order, disorganized, upset, topsy-turvy, at sixes and sevens
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    4. 1.4 Lacking clear distinction of elements; jumbled.
      ‘the sound of a sort of confused hammering and shouting’
      • ‘Within, she found a confused jumble of random thoughts and an intense feeling of pain.’
      • ‘The shouts were merged and confused, but she could just about make out a common cry: ‘Kill the witch!’’
      • ‘At the moment, as reprsented by this thread, it seems to me a confused muddle of mixed intentions, vague accusations, misunderstandings and so on.’
      • ‘Common usage is governed by the imagination, which associates words, not with clear and distinct ideas, but with the confused conceptions of experience.’
      • ‘The Greens seek to appeal to confused and disoriented elements from the extreme right, as well as the left.’
      • ‘His thoughts were jumbled and confused, and they only became more disoriented as a horrible transformation began to take place.’
      • ‘It is an unsettling contrast to the existing grain of Tokyo's confused, chaotic yet intensely busy and cramped character.’
      • ‘I don't realise I am driving fast, but am woken up by screeching brakes, a confused horizon, loud shouts and a sinking feeling.’
      • ‘Time becomes a confused jumble that Dana somehow traverses.’
      • ‘As he held her hands, images tumbled into her mind, a confused jumble.’
      • ‘All my feelings were confused and jumbled up inside of me, and I could not focus on any one thought.’
      • ‘They heard confused shouts and the whinnying of startled horses behind them.’
      disorderly, disordered, disorganized, disarranged, in disarray, out of order, out of place, untidy, muddled, jumbled, in a jumble, in a mess, mixed up, chaotic, upset, haywire, upside-down, topsy-turvy, at sixes and sevens
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