I. verb (puzzled; puzzling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1582 transitive verb 1. to offer or represent to (as a person) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve ; challenge mentally; also to exert (as oneself) over such a problem or situation <
they puzzled their wits to find a solution
2. archaic complicate, entangle 3. to solve with difficulty or ingenuity <
puzzle out an answer to a riddle
intransitive verb 1. to be uncertain as to action or choice 2. to attempt a solution of a puzzle by guesswork or experiment <
puzzle over the mystery
puzzler noun Synonyms: puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <
the persistent fever puzzled the doctor
. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <
a behavior that perplexed her friends
. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <
a bewildering number of possibilities
. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <
distracted by personal problems
. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <
the remark left us utterly nonplussed
. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <
the tragic news confounded us all
. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <
was at first too dumbfounded to reply
. II. noun Date: circa 1612 1. the state of being puzzled ; perplexity 2. a. something that puzzles b. a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity Synonyms: see mystery

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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