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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Some of the few tourists who make the trip from Kuala Lumpur, less than an hour’s drive away, are a little perplexed, too. James Hookway, WSJ, "Welcome Back, Mr. Prime Minister, Sorry About the View Out Your Window," 14 Oct. 2018 However, after that removal, some were perplexed when Apple didn't remove the InfoWars app as well. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "InfoWars app will stay in the iOS App Store—here’s Apple’s reason why," 9 Aug. 2018 Other stakes-raising techniques, involving surreal interruptions from the baking show and predictably serio-comic scenes with Della’s perplexed husband (Douglas Rees), are hit-or-miss. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Onstage, the New Gay Agenda Involves Cake and Not Getting Fired," 8 July 2018 The park’s atmosphere is interrupted twice an hour by loud, strange noises that have intrigued, perplexed and rankled visitors. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Heavy Breathing in Manhattan Park Is Not What Anyone Thinks It Is," 2 July 2018 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

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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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