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bewilder Syllabification: be·wil·der
Pronunciation: /bəˈwildər/

Definition of bewilder in English:


[with object] (often as adjective bewildered)
Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: she seemed frightened and bewildered his reaction had bewildered her (as adjective bewildering) there is a bewildering array of desserts to choose from
More example sentences
  • The utter imprudence of our mayor and City Council bewilders me.
  • But what bewilders me is that instead of providing a real solution, the local authority simply forces the schools to close.
  • For someone who, in the past, has been rated as the best goalkeeper in the world, it bewilders me why he so often opts to do the silly as opposed to the sensible.
informal flummox, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, floor, discombobulate
baffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, disorientated, taken aback
informal flummoxed, bamboozled


Example sentences
  • I was still young enough to believe - bewilderedly, arrogantly, passionately - that through sheer force of will, I could bend the world to my ambition.
  • Tourists stand and look bewilderedly at the structure.
  • Shaking her head bewilderedly, Annie said ‘No, I don't understand.’
Pronunciation: /bəˈwildəriNGlē/
Example sentences
  • But a simple request for a list of the 40 cyclists who have been prevented from racing for excessive haematocrit levels since 1997 produced a bewilderingly response.
  • There are other failures: the plot is bewilderingly complicated, condensed, and foreshortened.
  • Drawn pages were on display as artworks, in their original size so that one could get up close and examine the often bewilderingly intricate line work.


Late 17th century: from be- 'thoroughly' + obsolete wilder 'lead or go astray', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with bewilder

builder, guilder, Hilda, Matilda, St Kilda, Tilda, tilde
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