betwattled

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late 18th century Dorset British slang for confused, bewildered. From be- +‎ twattle (to talk) +‎ -ed.

Adjective[edit]

betwattled (comparative more betwattled, superlative most betwattled)

  1. (archaic, West Country) surprised, confounded, befuddled, to be in a distressed state of mind.
    • 2007, McGraw, Eloise, The Moorchild, page 39:
      But everybody—except Anwara, who was plainly betwattled—admitted the child was strange.
    • 2016 March 4, “Champions League does not need likes of Leicester, says US sports executive”, in Reddit[1], r/Soccer:
      I'm betwattled about the twatty things this no name is saying.

Verb[edit]

betwattled

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of betwattle

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.
  • Wright, Joseph (1898) The English Dialect Dictionary[2], volume 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 253