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

Definition of puzzling

: difficult to understand or solve puzzling symptoms

Other Words from puzzling

puzzlingly adverb

Examples of puzzling in a Sentence

The directions are somewhat puzzling.
Recent Examples on the Web On top of that, other plot details leaked, including the puzzling post-credits scene. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Oct. 2021 The clear existence of God in the story makes such arbitrary assignments of miracles even more puzzling. Sheon Han, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2021 Why this puzzling range of manifestations of lesions? Andrew Joseph, STAT, 1 Sep. 2022 Then on Saturday, Brady made some puzzling remarks during a postgame press conference after his squad’s preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Brittany Bowker, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2022 One of the more puzzling aspects of Russia’s miscalculation is that the FSB had received information suggesting that war with Ukraine would not be a walkover. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 The limited series kicks off with Leni's puzzling disappearance, which leaves Gina to pick up the pieces all while attempting to maintain their secret. Christina Dugan Ramirez, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2022 This illustrates the potentially puzzling fact that when interest rates rise, bond prices fall. Rick Miller, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The Sox are a puzzling 12-23 in series openers this season. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of puzzling

circa 1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of puzzling was circa 1659

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4 Oct 2022

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“Puzzling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puzzling. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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