To becloud and confuse much like alcohol
- make stupid with liquor
- be complicated or perplexing to; reason to be not able to believe plainly
- To becloud and confuse, as with alcohol.
"confuse," 1873, from be- + fuddle; originally "to confuse with powerful beverage or opium" (by 1832). A youthful word in the same good sense had been begunk (1725). Relevant: Befuddled; befuddling.
(v. t.) To becloud and confuse, as with alcohol.