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bewilder Line breaks: be|wil¦der
Pronunciation: /bɪˈwɪldə/

Definition of bewilder in English:

verb

[with object]
Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: she was bewildered by his sudden change of mood
More example sentences
  • You sense the reaction to the pool closure has surprised and perhaps bewildered the council.
  • The chief executive said he was bewildered by the government decision.
  • With success came prize money, and he was bewildered by the commercialism of the western world.
Synonyms
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, fog
North American informal buffalo
archaic wilder, gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, distract, pose
rare obfuscate
Canadian & Australian/New Zealand informal bushed
baffling, difficult to understand, perplexing, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, confusing, disconcerting;
unaccountable, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, above one's head, beyond one;
archaic wildering

Origin

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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