fuddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fuddle 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"
    • v fuddle consume alcohol "We were up drinking all night"
    • v fuddle make stupid with alcohol
    • n fuddle a confused multitude of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Fuddle To drink to excess.
    • v. t Fuddle To make foolish by drink; to cause to become intoxicated. "I am too fuddled to take care to observe your orders."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fuddle To make foolish or stupid with drink; make intoxicated.
    • fuddle To drink to excess.
    • n fuddle Strong drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fuddle fud′l to stupefy with drink
    • v.i Fuddle to drink to excess or habitually:—pr.p. fudd′ling; pa.p. fudd′led
    • n Fuddle intoxicating drink
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. formed as a kind of dim. of full. Cf. Fuzzle

Usage

In literature:

At the back of his fuddled brain lingered an idea that there was somebody who would be hurt.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
Fuddled he was, but not drunk.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Now, I should not be surprised but that you are beginning to feel a little fuddled.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
In a lonesome land, where amusements are few and the nights long, the power to "fuddle" counts for much.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
If I could divert his fuddled thoughts and get him back to shore while the wine lulled him to forgetfulness.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
It is a premature, tired, sickly, fuddle-headed heaven.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The mind becomes completely fuddled with the heterogeneous patchwork of entirely useless information.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
So fuddled was he by vodka that he was unable to understand the purport of my visit.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
He is drinking and smoking down in the kitchen to pass away the time, and if the lawyer don't come soon, the dear man will be quite fuddled.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
A gill o' wather out of a jimmy-john 'd fuddle him, mum.
"A Rivermouth Romance" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
He had continued to tipple until night, when he retired in a fuddled state to rest.
"The Lively Poll" by R.M. Ballantyne
Calandrino will soon grow fuddled and then we can manage it lightly enough, for that he is alone in the house.
"The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio" by Giovanni Boccaccio
His half-fuddled companions shrank back in consternation.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
The clerks in the various departments also enjoyed a holiday, and they improved it by getting gloriously fuddled.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
In those fuddled incompetent days before the Great War the crisis was a little-known phenomenon.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
In his fuddled condition he made a mistake.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
A fuddled man behind a gun is worse than no man to me.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It's got me fuddled, Phil.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Ah, fuddling your brains with that stuff, still, are you?
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Nevertheless his will kept stiff and attentive, in all his fuddleness.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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In poetry:

Ned Green was a water drinker,
And, Lord, how Ned would fuddle!
He rotted away his mortal clay
Like an old boot thrown in a puddle.
"The Three Drinkers" by Robert Graves
The noise now grows great, and each flincher is beat
That won't push the fuddle about.
"Come, lads! let us drink, (he still roars) and ne'er think,
"But see all our liquor quite out."
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
cease,
And maudlin Love insists on instant peace;
He, noisy mirth and roaring song commands,
Gives idle toasts, and joins unfriendly bands:
Till fuddled Friendship vows esteem and weeps,
And jovial Folly drinks and sings and sleeps.
"The Borough. Letter X: Clubs And Social Meetings" by George Crabbe
There's t' chap as fuddled t' neet afooar, an' geet aboon his share;
He's ready, soon as th' engine stops, to dart off like a hare.
Another pint or two, he ses, ull mek him feel o reet;
An' in he pops at t' nearest "pub," at hawf-past five at neet.
"Hawf-Past Five At Neet." by William Baron

In news:

This precious lottery, these fuddled cows, this England.
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