puzzle over

Definition of puzzle over

  1. :  to think or worry for a long time about (something) He's been puzzling over what went wrong.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to offer or represent to (as a person) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve :  challenge mentally

    :  to exert (as oneself) over such a problem or situation

    :  complicate, entangle

  1. :  the state of being puzzled :  perplexity

    :  something that puzzles

    :  a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity

  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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