- Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: she was bewildered by his sudden change of moodMore example sentences
baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking• informal flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, make someone's head spin, floor, fogNorth American • informal buffalo• rare obfuscatebaffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, at sea, at a loss, thrown off balance, disorientated, taken abackCanadian & Australian/New Zealand • informal bushedbaffling, difficult to understand, perplexing, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, confusing, disconcerting; unaccountable, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, above one's head, beyond one; complex, complicated, involved, intricate, convoluted, labyrinthine, Byzantine, Daedalian, Gordian• archaic wildering
- 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.
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- The largest effect they had was to cause bewilderment and alarm throughout the neighbourhood.
- Civil war itself broke out within two years to the dismay and bewilderment of almost everyone.
- Her husband had blinked in bewilderment at her, ashen - looking lost and alone.
late 17th century: from be- 'thoroughly' + obsolete wilder 'lead or go astray', of unknown origin.