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.
Recent Examples on the Web The decision did succeed in stimulating perplexed reactions from quarters far and wide. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Maybe Trump Just Doesn’t Want to Be President," 8 Oct. 2020 And although some of the costumes and clues have left viewers a bit perplexed, to say the least, people are flooding Twitter with a few solid guesses for the Mouse. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Mouse on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are Almost Certain They Know The Celeb's Identity," 27 Feb. 2020 Tanya Peterson might be the most perplexed of all — and with good reason. Heather Knight,, "‘You can’t furlough the animals’: SF Zoo and two aquariums are in desperate financial straits," 3 July 2020 The Cavs watched it from afar and were a bit perplexed, immediately recognizing a difference. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Matthew Dellavedova constantly fighting to prove he belongs even as teammates ‘gas’ him up," 8 Mar. 2020 The puzzling color of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere has left astronomers completely perplexed. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Hot Jupiter Has a Bright Yellow Sky, and Scientists Don't Know Why," 5 May 2020 Most of them came from perplexed or frustrated residents, questioning why Solano County was not taking action. Rachel Swan,, "Solano County’s about-face: Why officials resisted, then adopted coronavirus shelter-at-home order," 21 Mar. 2020 Sanders is surging days before the Iowa caucuses and a couple of weeks before the New Hampshire primary, leaving Republican operatives avowedly opposed to Trump worried and perplexed. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'It's asking a lot': Never Trump Republicans draw the line at Bernie Sanders," 29 Jan. 2020 Sova’s death is one that has perplexed law enforcement in Northeast Ohio for more than four decades. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Kurt Sova’s mysterious 1981 death in Newburgh Heights the subject of upcoming CrowdSolve event in Chicago," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of perplexed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2020

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“Perplexed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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