When you're confounded, you are confused. A confounded student might struggle with one question on a math test for twenty minutes.

If a bird flies into your house through an open window and flaps around in a befuddled panic, it's confounded. A confounded taxi driver might take you in circles around your destination, and a confounded American might find himself unable to communicate with French waiters in Paris. Another, more British way to use the adjective confounded is as a mild oath, to emphasize annoyance: "I can't take any more of your confounded noise!"

Definitions of confounded
  1. adjective
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
    “a cloudy and confounded philosopher”
    synonyms: at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
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