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

Definition of bewilder in English:


[with object]
Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: she was bewildered by his sudden change of mood
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.
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


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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