per·​plexed | \ pər-ˈplekst How to pronounce perplexed (audio) \

Definition of perplexed

1 : filled with uncertainty : puzzled
2 : full of difficulty

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Other Words from perplexed

perplexedly \ pər-​ˈplek-​səd-​lē How to pronounce perplexedly (audio) , -​ˈplekst-​lē How to pronounce perplexedly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of perplexed in a Sentence

He gave her a perplexed look. The explanation left me thoroughly perplexed.

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Jimmy Dean Is anyone else out there just a bit perplexed by those TV ads for Jimmy Dean meat products? John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: High-speed hijinks: Is it bait and switch?," 11 Sep. 2019 Spurrier looked perplexed when the quarterback chest-passed a high shotgun snap off the crossbar for a safety. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The day South Carolina stunned Alabama and set the state ‘on fire’," 10 Sep. 2019 Van Grinsven and his co-writer Jory Anast convincingly lay out Sequin’s isolation in the aftermath, as well as his discomfort confiding in his decent, perplexed and very hetero father. Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sequin in a Blue Room': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 22 July 2019 The entire exchange left us increasingly perplexed. Fritz Zimmermann, ProPublica, "The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led to 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records of Even One.," 9 Aug. 2019 At odd moments, a perplexed and very young worker would come out and take an order, then disappear to do what he was really supposed to be doing. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Meditating at McDonald's: Chronic understaffing is a sign of greater economic ills," 21 July 2019 Strong support is delivered by David Benoit and Rob Lindley as the perplexed new owners of the opera house. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "Review:: On Theater: ‘Phantom’ resurrected with a vengeance at Segerstrom," 15 July 2019 This left Al Lobo, who lives just up the road on Euclid Heights, somewhat perplexed with the proceedings. Thomas Jewell,, "Design on latest Top of the Hill plan draws less criticism than overall process," 29 June 2019 Sophie as played by Brooke Vespoli is believable -- naive, innocent, perplexed., "Mamma Mia! energy captivates Regina Hall: Sun Messages," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of perplexed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of perplexed was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of perplexed

: unable to understand something clearly or to think clearly


per·​plexed | \ pər-ˈplekst How to pronounce perplexed (audio) \

Kids Definition of perplexed

: unable to understand something clearly or to think clearly

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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