Bamboozled /bamˈbo͞ozəld/ adj.
Definition: Bamboozled describes a confused, foggy, or bewildered mental state of mind. Bamboozlers cause this state of mind by purposely deceiving another. To bamboozle is to act with the deliberate intention to trick, fool, or mislead.
Similar to the word gaslight, someone being bamboozled isn’t aware it is happening — until after the fact. The word bamboozled always refers to being in a negative state of mind caused by unpleasant circumstances. When someone is bamboozled, they feel guilt or shame because they didn’t recognize the trick. Con-artists are known to bamboozle unsuspecting people out of their money and personal belongings.
Etymology: The first recorded use of the word shows up in 1866. At that time, it was used to describe the mindset of a person deliberately tricked by another. We still use this term with its original connotation in the English language today.
In a Sentence
The woman felt bamboozled when they overcharged her for car repairs.
The fast-talking salesperson bamboozled the customer.
It doesn’t feel good to be bamboozled by someone you love.
Beguiled, Duped, Unaware
Undeceived, Keen, Aware