Confuzzle is a portmanteau word, formed by the conjunction of confused and puzzled. It's a patently silly word, but its use is surprisingly common among adults and teens.

Confuzzle seems to have originated in the world of Winnie the Pooh, specifically the Heffalumps and woozles song from the Disney film The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, where it is spelled 'confusle', and rhymes with woozle. (I haven't been able to find any reference to it appearing in the original books by A.A. Milne, but I'll double check next time I read them). In modern usage the most popular spelling is 'confuzzle', and is actually most often found as 'confuzzled'* (in the form of an adjective, "I'm confuzzled!", although the past tense "I was confuzzled" is not uncommon). This spelling suggests that it should be pronounced to rhyme with 'puzzle', and this is the way I've always heard it pronounced.

Compare to the more high-brow confusticate, as popularized by Tolkien. The original 'confusle' also goes nicely with bamboozle.


*A run of Google searches found:

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confuzle 850 results
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confusle 518 results
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kthejoker says re Confuzzle: There is no such word in Pooh Goes Visiting and Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle.

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