Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bamfoozle v.

also bumfoozle, bumfuzzle
[var. on bamboozle v.]

1. as a euph. for damn v., e.g. I’ll be bamfoozled.

[UK] ‘Nights At Sea’ in Bentley’s Misc. Nov. 471: Whether yon ’s she or not may I be bamfoozled into a kettle-drummer if I know.

2. to trick, to hoax, to confuse; also as n.

[UK]M. Reid Scalp-Hunters III 189: Them Navaghs is mighty cute, and not easily bamfoozled.
[Scot]Chambers’s Journal IX 383: Thar no better ’n spies, an’ thar last night’s work proves it. ’Twar all bamfoozle about thar gittin’ lost; ’em fellers git lost adeed!
[UK]F.H. Moore Mistress Haselwode 113: Comrades! mind him not, he’ll but bamfoozle ye.
[UK]H. Macfall Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer 366: But I forgive the blackguard all his sins [...] even his bamfoozling me.
S.M. Dufur Over the Dead Line 176: Bamfoozle de hounds and may def cut off dare cent.
[US]L. Pound ‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in DN III:i 60: bumfoozle, bumfuzzle, v. Bewilder. ‘I was bumfoozled’.
[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:i 72: bumfuzzle, v. To confuse. ‘He was just bumfuzzled in that exam.’.
[UK]G. Stratton-Porter Harvester 516: Bamfoozle all the rest of them as much as you please, lad.
[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl. §174.4: bewilder; confuse; disconcert bumfoozle.

In derivatives

bamfoozled (adj.) (also bumfoozled, bumfuzzled)


[US]R.W. Brown ‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in DN III:viii 572: bumfoozled, adj. Perplexed. [...] ‘After he heard the three different stories, he was completely bum-foozled.’.
[US]L.R. Dingus ‘A Word-List From Virginia’ in DN IV:iii 181: bumfuzzled, adj. Confused.
[US]R.E. Howard ‘Alleys of Peril’ Fight Stories Jan. 🌐 Well, the cockney seemed to know his way, though my sense of direction got clean bumfuzzled.
Washington Missourian (MO) 20 Apr. 9/2: Ether wasn’t necessary after seeing those white girls because it bumfoozled me all ovcer.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Brown Monkey Off My Back (1972) 50: I’m sorry to be so bumfuzzled, fellows.
[US]J. Lansdale Freezer Burn 13: Bumfuzzled, Bill stood still as a post.