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

  • transitive v. To put into a state of confusion; befuddle. See Synonyms at confuse.
  • transitive v. To make drunk; intoxicate.
  • intransitive v. To drink; tipple.
  • n. A state of confusion or intoxication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To confuse or befuddle
  • v. To intoxicate
  • n. intoxication
  • n. muddle, confusion
  • n. A party or picnic where attendees bring food and wine; a kind of potluck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To drink to excess.
  • transitive v. To make foolish by drink; to cause to become intoxicated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make foolish or stupid with drink; make intoxicated.
  • To drink to excess.
  • n. Strong drink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  • n. a confused multitude of things
  • v. consume alcohol
  • v. make stupid with alcohol


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • And if none of these claims us, appalling
    age, like a fuddling narcotic,
    has the same effect on the rest of us.

    - Peter Reading, There seem to be so many of them,, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008