head-scratch·​er ˈhed-ˌskra-chər How to pronounce head-scratcher (audio)
plural head-scratchers
: something that is confusing, mysterious, or hard to understand
We love college football for nothing if not the belief—hope even—that at any moment the unexpected could happen. Young as it is, this season has already provided its share of jaw-droppers and head-scratchers.Holly Anderson

Examples of head-scratcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That, Bochy conceded, was something of a head-scratcher. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2023 The results ranged from no-brainers to utter head-scratchers. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 Evil Does Not Exist The Bottom Line Even the head-scratcher of an ending stays with you. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2023 That can leave it feeling at times like a premise in search of the objects to suit it, with the occasional head-scratcher wedged in. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2023 For some of the testers, the Helios 3 Blackout was a bit of a head-scratcher. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 3 Aug. 2023 Co-stars Jason Segal and Jessica Williams both received nominations, which makes this snub even more of a head-scratcher. Joey Morona, cleveland, 12 July 2023 The Nuggets’ one significant agreement was a head-scratcher. oregonlive, 4 July 2023 Scheduling it on a holiday weekend and blocking off access to the lakefront was also a head-scratcher to some. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of head-scratcher was in 1902

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“Head-scratcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head-scratcher. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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