Definitions for PUZZLEˈpʌz əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
puz•zleˈpʌz əl(n.; v.)-zled, -zling.
(n.)a toy, problem, or other contrivance designed to amuse by presenting difficulties to be solved by ingenuity or patient effort.
a puzzling question, matter, or person.
a puzzled or perplexed condition.
(v.t.)to mystify; confuse; baffle.
to exercise (oneself, one's brain, etc.) over some problem or matter.
(v.i.)to ponder over some perplexing problem or matter.
puzzle out, to solve by careful study or effort.
Category: Verb Phrase
Origin of puzzle:
1585–95; orig. uncert.
puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser(noun)
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
"he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
a game that tests your ingenuity
perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)
be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
"We puzzled over her sudden departure"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a game with pieces you put together to make a picture
to do a puzzle
an activity that involves solving problems
to confuse or be difficult to understand
Their relationship puzzled him.; It puzzles me why she never told us.
Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
A crossword puzzle.
A jigsaw puzzle.
To perplex (someone).
something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making
the state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle
to perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus
to make intricate; to entangle
to solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery
to be bewildered, or perplexed
to work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem
Translations for PUZZLE
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a problem that causes a lot of thought
Her behaviour was a puzzle to him.
- enigmaPortuguese (BR)
- das RätselGerman
- αίνιγμα, γρίφοςGreek
- موضوع گیج کننده؛ معماFarsi
- पहेली, उलझनHindi
- mīkla; grūts uzdevumsLatvian
- gåte, mysteriumNorwegian
- موضوع گیج کننده؛ معماPersian
- معما، اريانولPashto
- bilmece, muammaTurkish
- 難題Chinese (Trad.)
- vấn đề khó xửVietnamese
- 难题Chinese (Simp.)
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