puzzle

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1puz·zle

verb \ˈpə-zəl\

: to confuse (someone) : to be difficult for (someone) to understand

puz·zledpuz·zling \ˈpə-zə-liŋ, ˈpəz-liŋ\

Full Definition of PUZZLE

transitive verb
1
:  to offer or represent to (as a person) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve :  challenge mentally; also :  to exert (as oneself) over such a problem or situation <they puzzled their wits to find a solution>
2
archaic :  complicate, entangle
3
:  to solve with difficulty or ingenuity <puzzle out an answer to a riddle>
intransitive verb
1
:  to be uncertain as to action or choice
2
:  to attempt a solution of a puzzle by guesswork or experiment <puzzle over the mystery>
puz·zler \ˈpə-zə-lər, ˈpəz-lər\ noun

Examples of PUZZLE

  1. The cause of the accident has puzzled investigators.
  2. <it is the cause of the disease that puzzles doctors>

Origin of PUZZLE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1582

Synonym Discussion of PUZZLE

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <the persistent fever puzzled the doctor>. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <a behavior that perplexed her friends>. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <a bewildering number of possibilities>. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <distracted by personal problems>. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <the remark left us utterly nonplussed>. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <the tragic news confounded us all>. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <was at first too dumbfounded to reply>.

Rhymes with PUZZLE

2puzzle

noun

: a question or problem that requires thought, skill, or cleverness to be answered or solved

: something or someone that is difficult to understand

Full Definition of PUZZLE

1
:  the state of being puzzled :  perplexity
2
a :  something that puzzles
b :  a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity

Examples of PUZZLE

  1. a book of puns, riddles, and puzzles
  2. <the final fate of the colonists at Roanoke remains a puzzle to this very day>

First Known Use of PUZZLE

1599

Other Game Terms

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Rhymes with PUZZLE

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