betwattle

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly a back formation from betwattled, late 18th-century Dorset British slang for confused, bewildered.

Verb[edit]

betwattle (third-person singular simple present betwattles, present participle betwattling, simple past and past participle betwattled)

  1. (archaic, transitive, West Country) To surprise, to confound, to befuddle, to put in a distressed state of mind.
    • 1996, Ferguson, Jo Ann, Miss Charity's Case (Zebra Regency Romance), →ISBN:
      She would not let a man betwattle her with kisses... again.
    • 2007, Kelley, Jocelyn, Lost in Shadow:
      "No, you have tried to betwattle me by making the facts fit your assumption of who killed you and why."
  2. (archaic, intransitive, West Country) To be in a distressed state of mind.

References[edit]

  • 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.