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

Definition of perplexed

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

Other Words from perplexed

perplexedly \ pər-​ˈplek-​səd-​lē How to pronounce perplexed (audio) , -​ˈplekst-​lē How to pronounce perplexed (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 Anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum were somewhat perplexed. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 But for those of us who are a bit perplexed about Smart’s quarterback usage against Florida, that’s the whole point. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 Raiders coach Jon Gruden looked perplexed and miffed Monday night, and not just with his football team. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021 And the couple is really perplexed to see their house show up on real estate listing sites. Andy Meek, BGR, 5 Aug. 2021 Martín Pérez struck out Kansas City’s Michael A. Taylor to end the second inning Saturday then looked around perplexed as his teammates ran off the field., 19 June 2021 In the era of Donald Trump, those conversations turned dramatically less admiring and much more perplexed and even pitying. Thomas Chatterton Williams, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 Two major elements of Friday's latest episode of The Mandalorian has some fans rather excited, but others a bit perplexed. James Hibberd,, 20 Nov. 2020 The decision did succeed in stimulating perplexed reactions from quarters far and wide. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of perplexed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perplexed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perplexed

: unable to understand something clearly or to think clearly : confused


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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