One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cause to lose one's way; lead or drive astray.‘unknowne Lands, where we have wildered ourselves’
- 1.1 Perplex; bewilder.‘the sad Queen, wildered of thought’
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, astoundedView synonyms
- ‘April Fool's Day left the Diary more than usually a) confused, and b) wildered.’
- ‘This ‘wildered’ reading-effect, however, is one of the book's unhappier accidents since it suggests that Schad's enthusiasm for topsy-turvy meanings can prove dangerously infectious.’
- 1.1 Perplex; bewilder.
Early 17th century: origin uncertain; perhaps based on wilderness.
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