Definition of bewilder in English:

bewilder

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

[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.
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
baffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, at sea, at a loss, thrown off balance, disorientated, taken aback
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; complex, complicated, involved, intricate, convoluted, labyrinthine, Byzantine, Daedalian, Gordian
archaic wildering

Origin

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

Derivatives

bewilderment

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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