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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the many puzzling elements in the killing is the little resistance that the guards appeared to have shown against the killers. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 20 July 2021 The decision not to honor the actors in The Underground Railroad is an especially puzzling miss given how often Jenkins puts extra emphasis on their subjectivity. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 15 July 2021 These divestments calls SoftBank’s future in robotics into question, a puzzling move given how bullish CEO Masayoshi Son had previously been on the sector. Dave Gershgorn, Fortune, 29 June 2021 Her puzzling disappearance sparked a worldwide media frenzy and a massive search of the island. Kristen Altus, Fox News, 25 June 2021 This latest report from the Labor Department highlighted the puzzling fact that millions remain on the jobless rolls even as many employers complain of worker shortages. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 4 June 2021 The Mavericks have shown resilience throughout the season, and this series, but has had a puzzling tendency to let down at home. Dallas News, 2 June 2021 No, the best part is this is a story of Batman the detective, who must bring all his formidable skills to bear on a puzzling case that doesn't seem to make sense. Andrew A. Smith, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 Some recover completely, others go on to suffer from the puzzling condition that’s come to be known as long Covid. STAT, 20 Apr. 2021

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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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“Puzzling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puzzling. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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