puz·​zling | \ ˈpə-zə-liŋ How to pronounce puzzling (audio) , ˈpəz-liŋ\

Definition of puzzling

: difficult to understand or solve puzzling symptoms

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Other Words from puzzling

puzzlingly adverb

Examples of puzzling in a Sentence

The directions are somewhat puzzling.

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Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked other puzzling questions. Justin Worland, Time, "The Debates Showed America Still Doesn't Know How to Talk About Climate Change," 29 June 2019 One of the most puzzling cases remains the deaths of an engaged couple, Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day of Maryland, who were found dead in their room on May 30 by a resort employee. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Brother of 'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room," 12 June 2019 Perhaps the most puzzling is Gov. Gavin Newsom calling for no more horses to be racing at Santa Anita until independent veterinary reviews were in place. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! It’s the last two weeks at the Santa Anita meeting," 14 June 2019 But all this talk about pitchers hitting batters on purpose has distracted from a more puzzling question: Why are pitchers hitting so many batters by accident? ... Jared Diamond, WSJ, "There Is a Hit-by-Pitch Epidemic in Baseball," 13 May 2019 But the most puzzling aspect might be their actions. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 Nothing was so puzzling, however, as his falling out with French World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba, signed in 2016 for a then-world record fee of $130 million. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Mourinho Fired From Manchester United as Premier League Heavyweights Struggle," 18 Dec. 2018 The team also found that several of 67P's puzzling features could be explained by catastrophic collisions. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Rubber-Ducky Comets May Have Taken a Violent Beating," 3 May 2018 Head coach Tyronn Lue made some puzzling lineup decisions once again, plastering Tristan Thompson to the bench after an impactful first stint, riding Jose Calderon a bit too long and using a Kevin Love-Jeff Green frontcourt in the fourth quarter. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers keep their composure, play like a true team in must-win Game 4: Chris Fedor," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of puzzling

circa 1659, in the meaning defined above

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puzzle out

puzzle over






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The first known use of puzzling was circa 1659

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English Language Learners Definition of puzzling

: causing or likely to cause confusion : difficult to solve or understand

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