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v. fud·dled, fud·dling, fud·dles
1. To put into a state of confusion. See Synonyms at befuddle.
2. To make drunk; intoxicate.
To drink; tipple.
A state of confusion or intoxication.

[Origin unknown.]


1. (tr; often passive) to cause to be confused or intoxicated
2. (intr) to drink excessively; tipple
a muddled or confused state
[C16: of unknown origin]


(ˈfʌd l)

v. -dled, -dling,
n. v.t.
1. to muddle or confuse.
2. to make drunk; intoxicate.
3. to tipple.
4. a confused state; muddle; jumble.
[1580–90; orig. uncertain]


Past participle: fuddled
Gerund: fuddling

I fuddle
you fuddle
he/she/it fuddles
we fuddle
you fuddle
they fuddle
I fuddled
you fuddled
he/she/it fuddled
we fuddled
you fuddled
they fuddled
Present Continuous
I am fuddling
you are fuddling
he/she/it is fuddling
we are fuddling
you are fuddling
they are fuddling
Present Perfect
I have fuddled
you have fuddled
he/she/it has fuddled
we have fuddled
you have fuddled
they have fuddled
Past Continuous
I was fuddling
you were fuddling
he/she/it was fuddling
we were fuddling
you were fuddling
they were fuddling
Past Perfect
I had fuddled
you had fuddled
he/she/it had fuddled
we had fuddled
you had fuddled
they had fuddled
I will fuddle
you will fuddle
he/she/it will fuddle
we will fuddle
you will fuddle
they will fuddle
Future Perfect
I will have fuddled
you will have fuddled
he/she/it will have fuddled
we will have fuddled
you will have fuddled
they will have fuddled
Future Continuous
I will be fuddling
you will be fuddling
he/she/it will be fuddling
we will be fuddling
you will be fuddling
they will be fuddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fuddling
you have been fuddling
he/she/it has been fuddling
we have been fuddling
you have been fuddling
they have been fuddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fuddling
you will have been fuddling
he/she/it will have been fuddling
we will have been fuddling
you will have been fuddling
they will have been fuddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fuddling
you had been fuddling
he/she/it had been fuddling
we had been fuddling
you had been fuddling
they had been fuddling
I would fuddle
you would fuddle
he/she/it would fuddle
we would fuddle
you would fuddle
they would fuddle
Past Conditional
I would have fuddled
you would have fuddled
he/she/it would have fuddled
we would have fuddled
you would have fuddled
they would have fuddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fuddle - a confused multitude of thingsfuddle - a confused multitude of things  
disorderliness, disorder - a condition in which things are not in their expected places; "the files are in complete disorder"
rummage - a jumble of things to be given away
Verb1.fuddle - make stupid with alcoholfuddle - make stupid with alcohol    
inebriate, intoxicate, soak - make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
2.fuddle - consume alcohol; "We were up drinking all night"
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
tank - consume excessive amounts of alcohol
port - drink port; "We were porting all in the club after dinner"
claret - drink claret; "They were clareting until well past midnight"
bar hop, pub-crawl - go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk; "he pub-crawled around Birmingham"
bib, tipple - drink moderately but regularly; "We tippled the cognac"
tope, drink - drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic; "The husband drinks and beats his wife"
hit it up, inebriate, souse, soak - become drunk or drink excessively
wine - drink wine
hold, carry - drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
3.fuddle - be confusing or perplexing tofuddle - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
demoralize - confuse or put into disorder; "the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
disorient, disorientate - cause to be lost or disoriented
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"


1. To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
2. To muddle or stupefy with or as if with alcoholic drink:
References in classic literature ?
Bullies are cowards, and one coward makes many; so good-bye to the School-house match if bullying gets ahead here." (Loud applause from the small boys, who look meaningly at Flashman and other boys at the tables.) "Then there's fuddling about in the public-house, and drinking bad spirits, and punch, and such rot-gut stuff.
Ambassador to Poland, Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg) accused the British officers of "muddling, blundering and fuddling," and he found them generally to have a "lack of understanding, the brutal arrogance and cold conceit."
She describes English posset pots and fuddling cups, which were designed for use in social situations, or required that they be held in specific ways in order to drink from them without spilling.