Definitions for PUZZLEˈpʌz əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

puz•zleˈpʌz əl(n.; v.)-zled, -zling.

  1. (n.)a toy, problem, or other contrivance designed to amuse by presenting difficulties to be solved by ingenuity or patient effort.

  2. a puzzling question, matter, or person.

  3. a puzzled or perplexed condition.

  4. (v.t.)to mystify; confuse; baffle.

  5. to exercise (oneself, one's brain, etc.) over some problem or matter.

  6. (v.i.)to ponder over some perplexing problem or matter.

  7. puzzle out, to solve by careful study or effort.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of puzzle:

1585–95; orig. uncert.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. puzzle(verb)

    a game that tests your ingenuity

  3. 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"

  4. puzzle(verb)

    be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

    "We puzzled over her sudden departure"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. puzzle(noun)ˈpʌz əl

    a game with pieces you put together to make a picture

    to do a puzzle

  2. puzzleˈpʌz əl

    an activity that involves solving problems

    word/math puzzles

  3. puzzle(verb)ˈpʌz əl

    to confuse or be difficult to understand

    Their relationship puzzled him.; It puzzles me why she never told us.


  1. puzzle(Noun)

    Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.

    Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.

  2. puzzle(Noun)

    A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.

  3. puzzle(Noun)

    A crossword puzzle.

  4. puzzle(Noun)

    A jigsaw puzzle.

  5. puzzle(Noun)

    A riddle.

  6. puzzle(Verb)

    To perplex (someone).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puzzle

    something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making

  2. Puzzle

    the state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle

  3. Puzzle(verb)

    to perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus

  4. Puzzle(verb)

    to make intricate; to entangle

  5. Puzzle(verb)

    to solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery

  6. Puzzle(verb)

    to be bewildered, or perplexed

  7. Puzzle(verb)

    to work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem


  1. Puzzle

    A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution. Puzzles are often contrived as a form of entertainment, but they can also stem from serious mathematical or logistical problems — in such cases, their successful resolution can be a significant contribution to mathematical research. Solutions to puzzles may require recognizing patterns and creating a particular order. People with a high inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving these puzzles than others. Puzzles based on the process of inquiry and discovery to complete may be solved faster by those with good deduction skills.

Translations for PUZZLE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a problem that causes a lot of thought

Her behaviour was a puzzle to him.

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