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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)

  1. (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."
  2. (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
  • Glossary of Provincial Words & Phrases in use in Somersetshire, Williams and Jones, 1873. Betwaddled. Retrieved online.