Possibly a back formation from betwattled, late 18th-century Dorset British slang for confused, bewildered.
betwattle (third-person singular simple present betwattles, present participle betwattling, simple past and past participle betwattled)
- (archaic, transitive) To surprise, to confound, to befuddle, to put in a distressed state of mind.
2007, Jocelyn Kelley, Lost in Shadow:
- "No, you have tried to betwattle me by making the facts fit your assumption of who killed you and why."
- (archaic, intransitive) To be in a distressed state of mind.
- A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English, John S. Farmer and W. E. Henly, 1905. Betwaddled. Retrieved from archive.org
- Glossary of Provincial Words & Phrases in use in Somersetshire, Williams and Jones, 1873. Betwaddled. Retrieved online.