puzzle over

Definition of puzzle over

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

Word by Word Definitions

puzzle play
  1. : to offer or represent to (someone) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve : challenge mentally

  2. : complicate, entangle

  3. : to solve with difficulty or ingenuity

  1. : the state of being puzzled : perplexity

  2. : something that puzzles

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

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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