bewilder[bē wil′dər, bi-]
- To bewilder is to cause someone to be confused by something complicated.
An example of bewilder is when you ask someone a complicated question that he cannot answer.
This man is bewildered.
- to confuse hopelessly, as by something complicated or involved; befuddle; puzzle
- Archaic to cause to be lost, as in a wilderness
Origin of bewilderbe- + wilder
transitive verbbe·wil·dered, be·wil·der·ing, be·wil·ders
- To confuse or befuddle, especially by being complicated or varied. See Synonyms at perplex.
- To cause to lose one's bearings; disorient: “The whirling snow bewildered him” (May Kellogg Sullivan).
(third-person singular simple present bewilders, present participle bewildering, simple past and past participle bewildered)
From be- + wilder