Bumfuzzle

February 26, 2022

Bumfuzzle /ˈbəm-ˌfə-zəld/ verb

Definition:  The word of the day today is actually one that is not frequently used or heard of, so get ready to expand your vocabulary with bumfuzzle!

It means to confuse or to fluster someone.

Etymology: The first recorded use of the word is sometime between 1900 and 1905, but it has actually been around since the 1800s. The origins of this word are uncertain. It is a term mostly used in the Southern United States. Many thought Clinton came up with the word, but the transcript recorded by the White House actually spelled it as bum-fusseled.

In a Sentence

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to bumfuzzle you when I asked you if you had seen my keys, but it’s okay because I found them on the coffee table by your foot.

Some people think it’s hilarious to bumfuzzle people on purpose as a method of bullying, but quite frankly, I think it’s just rude.

Didn’t your parents ever teach you not to talk to strangers so they don’t bumfuzzle you and make you do something you probably shouldn’t?

Synonyms 

Bewilder, Perplex, Baffle

Antonyms 

Clarify, Explain, Articulate

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