English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'muddle'

(noun) 
Definition
a state of mental confusion or uncertainty
My thoughts are all in a muddle.
Synonyms
confusion
The rebel leader seems to have escaped in the confusion.
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mess
Linda can't stand mess.
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disorder
The emergency room was in disorder.
,
chaos
The country appears to be sliding towards chaos.
,
plight
the plight of Third World countries plagued by debts
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tangle
I was thinking what a tangle we had got ourselves into.
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mix-up
a mix-up over travel arrangements
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clutter
She preferred her work area to be free of clutter.
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disarray
He found the room in disarray.
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daze
I was walking around in a daze.
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predicament
The decision will leave her in a predicament.
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jumble
a meaningless jumble of words
,
ravel
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perplexity
There was utter perplexity in both their expressions.
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disorganization
The army is suffering from low morale and disorganization.
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hotchpotch
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hodgepodge
,
pig's breakfast (informal)
,
fankle (Scottish)
(verb) 
Definition
to mix up or confuse (objects or items)
Already some people have begun to muddle the two names.
Synonyms
jumble
All our old clothes were jumbled together in the attic.
,
confuse
His critics accused him of trying to confuse the issue.
, ,
scramble
The latest machines scramble the messages.
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tangle
Themes get tangled in his elliptical storytelling.
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mix up
,
make a mess of
(verb) 
Definition
to make (someone) confused
Don't talk all at once, you're muddling me.
Synonyms
confuse
Politics just confuses me.
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bewilder
The silence from her sister had hurt and bewildered her.
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daze
We were dazed by the sheer size of the spectacle.
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confound
For many years medical scientists were confounded by these seemingly contradictory facts.
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perplex
problems that perplexed me
,
disorient
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stupefy
The aim is to shock, upset, stupefy, or just plain scare them.
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befuddle
He liked to befuddle his readers.

phrasal verb

See muddle along or through

Additional synonyms

in the sense of befuddle
He liked to befuddle his readers.
in the sense of bewilder
Definition
to confuse utterly
The silence from her sister had hurt and bewildered her.
Synonyms
mix up,
nonplus,
flabbergast (informal)
in the sense of chaos
Definition
complete disorder or confusion
The country appears to be sliding towards chaos.

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