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CONFUSED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confused mean? 

CONFUSED (adjective)
  The adjective CONFUSED has 5 senses:

1. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
2. lacking orderly continuity
3. having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity
4. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
5. mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently

  Familiarity information: CONFUSED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFUSED (adjective)


Sense 1confused [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

Synonyms:

mazed; confused; confounded; bewildered; baffled; at sea; mixed-up; bemused; befuddled; lost

Context examples:

obviously bemused by his questions / bewildered and confused / a cloudy and confounded philosopher / just a mixed-up kid / she felt lost on the first day of school

Similar:

perplexed (full or difficulty or confusion or bewilderment)


Sense 2confused [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking orderly continuity

Synonyms:

disjointed; garbled; scattered; illogical; disordered; confused; unconnected; disconnected

Context examples:

a confused set of instructions / a confused dream about the end of the world / disconnected fragments of a story / scattered thoughts

Similar:

incoherent (without logical or meaningful connection)


Sense 3confused [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity

Synonyms:

disoriented; lost; confused

Context examples:

I frequently find myself disoriented when I come up out of the subway / the anesthetic left her completely disoriented

Similar:

unoriented (not having position or goal definitely set or ascertained)


Sense 4confused [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

Synonyms:

disordered; upset; confused; broken

Context examples:

troops fleeing in broken ranks / a confused mass of papers on the desk / the small disordered room / with everything so upset

Similar:

disorganised; disorganized (lacking order or methodical arrangement or function)


Sense 5confused [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently

Context example:

the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused

Similar:

addlebrained; addlepated; muddleheaded; potty; puddingheaded (stupid and confused; used especially of persons)

spaced-out (confused or disoriented as if intoxicated through taking a drug)

punch-drunk; silly; slaphappy (dazed from or as if from repeated blows)

trancelike (as if in a trance)

dazzled (stupefied or dizzied by something overpowering)

dazed; stunned; stupefied; stupid (in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock)

clouded (mentally disordered)

befogged; befuddled (stupefied by alcoholic drink)

addled; befuddled; muddled; muzzy; woolly; woolly-headed; wooly; wooly-minded (confused and vague; used especially of thinking)

Also:

perplexed (full or difficulty or confusion or bewilderment)

Antonym:

clearheaded (not mentally confused; able to think clearly and act intelligently)


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