per·plexed | \pər-ˈplekst \

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, -ˈplekst-lē \ adverb

Examples of perplexed in a Sentence

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

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As world news teemed with hijackings and air raids, and national news with serial killers and crime surges, outrage became a way to describe whatever perplexed and disoriented us. New York Times, "News of an ‘Outrage’ Used to Mean Something Very, Very Different," 23 May 2018 The visual opens with King Cole donning a crown while riding over clouds on his throne with a group of perplexed children sitting on Actavis syrup bottles following his every move. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "J. Cole Focuses On Society's Ills in Trippy New 'ATM' Video," 20 Apr. 2018 Equally perplexed, Markle laughs in the background. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "DJ slips Prince Harry and Meghan Markle his business card in bid to secure royal wedding gig," 10 Jan. 2018 The last two finales of this franchise left devoted fans frustrated, perplexed or just plain outraged. New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘The Bachelorette’," 28 May 2018 For his part, Hall appeared perplexed that his opponents saw an immediate threat from the project. Brian Macquarrie,, "Businessman drops plans for vast community in Vermont," 28 June 2018 Chris takes the controversy to Becca, who seems perplexed. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Premiere Recap: Not Gonna Say It," 29 May 2018 In this case, Pokaski and pilot director Gina Prince-Bythewood have made the decision that viewers are going to be every bit as perplexed as Tandy and Tyrone regarding what's happening to them. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cloak & Dagger': TV Review," 24 May 2018 It's gotten some liberals just very, very perplexed. Fox News, "Lieberman: McCain wanted bipartisan ticket to make impact," 8 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of perplexed

: unable to understand something clearly or to think clearly

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