Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

puzzlement

play
noun puz·zle·ment \ˈpə-zəl-mənt\

Simple Definition of puzzlement

  • : a feeling of being confused because something is difficult to understand

  • : something that is difficult to understand

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of puzzlement

  1. 1 :  the state of being puzzled :  perplexity

  2. 2 :  puzzle

Examples of puzzlement in a sentence

  1. The cause of the accident has been a source of puzzlement.

  2. The explanation only increased their puzzlement.



1731

First Known Use of puzzlement

1731


PUZZLEMENT Defined for Kids

puzzlement

play
noun puz·zle·ment \ˈpə-zəl-mənt\

Definition of puzzlement for Students

  1. :  the state of being perplexed <She had a look of puzzlement on her face.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up puzzlement? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize in a loud and angry way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

lazy frenetic philistine melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ