• (RP) IPA: /kənˈfjuːzɪdli/, /kənˈfjuːzdli/
  • (GA) IPA: /kənˈfjuzɪdli/, /kənˈfjuzdli/


  1. In a confused#Adjective|confused manner.
    Synonyms: bewilderedly, mingledly, puzzledly
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 97 ↗, column 1:
      He wanted Pikes to ſet before his Archers: / Inſtead whereof, ſharpe Stakes pluckt out of Hedges / They pitched in the ground confuſedly, / To keepe the Horſemen off, from breaking in.
    • 1648, Robert Herrick, “Delight in Disorder”, in Hesperides: Or, The VVorks both Humane & Divine […], London: Printed for John Williams, and Francis Eglesfield, and are to be sold by Tho[mas] Hunt, […], OCLC 1044244285 ↗; republished as Henry G. Clarke, editor, Hesperides, or Works both Human and Divine, volume I, London: H. G. Clarke and Co., […], 1844, OCLC 1110372590 ↗, page 55 ↗:
      A sweet disorder in the dress / Kindles in clothes a wantonness; / [...] / A cuff neglectful, and thereby / Ribbons to flow confusedly; / [...] Do more bewitch me, than when art / Is too precise in every part.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book II ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 911–914:
      The womb of Nature, and perhaps her Grave, / Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire, / But all theſe in their pregnant cauſes mixt / Confus’dly, and which thus muſt ever fight, [...]
    • 1831 October 30, [Mary Shelley], chapter XXIII, in Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus (Standard Novels; IX), 3rd edition, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 858441409 ↗, [;view=1up;seq=194 page 176]:
      There were women weeping around—I hung over it, and joined my sad tears to theirs—all this time no distinct idea presented itself to my mind; but my thoughts rambled to various subjects, reflecting confusedly on my misfortunes, and their cause.
    • 1860, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], “Charity in Full-dress”, in The Mill on the Floss [...] In Three Volumes, volume III, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 80067893 ↗, book VI (The Great Temptation), pages 141–142 ↗:
      She heard confusedly the busy, indifferent voices around her, and wished her mind could flow into that easy, babbling current.
    • 1919 March, W[illiam] B[utler] Yeats, “Her Praise”, in The Wild Swans at Coole, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, OCLC 38363596 ↗, page 48 ↗:
      And though I have turned the talk by hook or crook / Until her praise should be the uppermost theme, / A woman spoke of some new tale she had read, / A man confusedly in a half dream / As though some other name ran in his head.

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