puzzling
adjective Date: circa 1659 difficult to understand or solve <
puzzling symptoms
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puzzlingly adverb

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  • puzzling — adj. 1) puzzling to (her behavior was puzzling to everybody) 2) puzzling that + inf. (it was puzzling that he went straight home) * * * [ pʌzlɪŋ] puzzling to (her behavior was puzzling to everybody) puzzling that + inf. (it was puzzling that he… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • puzzling — puzzle puz zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {puzzled} (p[u^]z z ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {puzzling} (p[u^]z zl[i^]ng).] 1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus. [1913 Webster] A very shrewd disputant in those points is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puzzling — puz|zling [ˈpʌzlıŋ] adj confusing and difficult to understand or explain ▪ a puzzling fact ▪ Gary found her reaction puzzling …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • puzzling — puzzlingly, adv. /puz ling/, adj. 1. confusing or baffling: a puzzling answer. n. 2. the skill or pastime of constructing or working crossword or other puzzles. [1590 1600; PUZZLE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • puzzling — adj. Puzzling is used with these nouns: ↑aspect …   Collocations dictionary

  • puzzling — puz|zling [ pʌzlıŋ ] adjective confusing or difficult to understand or solve: That was the most puzzling aspect of the whole affair …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • puzzling — adjective confusing and difficult to understand or explain: The children showed a puzzling lack of curiosity about the new baby …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • puzzling — adjective confusing and difficult to understand or explain: The children showed a puzzling lack of curiosity about the new baby …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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