per·​plexed pər-ˈplekst How to pronounce perplexed (audio)
: filled with uncertainty : puzzled
: full of difficulty

Examples of perplexed in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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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“Perplexed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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