from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To confuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to confuse or fluster.


Probably bum- (probably alteration of bamboozle) + fuzzle (perhaps blend of fuddle and fuzzy).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • It is just barely conceivably possible that her decision is [gasp] a personal one, and isn't some part of a grand strategic plan to completely bumfuzzle the Obama administration.

    State of the Union: Did Palin make the right move?

  • My preferred style, no longer stylish: “‘This is an attempt to bumfuzzle,’ said the President.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I could bitch about his buttering up wingnuts on the stimulus bill, but after watching this guy bumfuzzle The Clinton and Mccain campaigns with endless politik ju-jitsu, I suspect most of the reported 1/3 taxcuts will not end up in the final bill somehow, or will morph into something else, and Obama will still be able to say he’s being bi-partisan.

    Matthew Yglesias » The New Federalism


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