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 One of the puzzling decisions the Avengers made in Endgame concerns the battle plan. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Oct. 2021 Coast Guard officials had initially confirmed the puzzling discovery via Twitter on Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 That uncertainty grew with the puzzling status of returning starter Sevyn Banks, who finally played Saturday after being an apparent healthy scratch the first two weeks. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 The five-part series employs an interesting and somewhat puzzling device, in each episode showing the actors before filming begins under Covid protocols, walking through the set surrounded by masked crew members. Brian Lowry, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Plenty of twin research suggests a meaningful, if puzzling, genetic correlation with divorce. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Eighteen months since the pandemic began, Michigan's economy remains in a precarious and somewhat puzzling place. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2021 The musician has offered no explanation for the puzzling image, which could allude to anything from the sprawling LP’s Labor Day weekend release to the nearly nine months that have passed since its original due date. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Other causes for a puzzling odor can include a pH change, conditions like excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and can also be connected to diet. Essence, 31 Aug. 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 26 Oct. 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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