Definitions for perplexpərˈplɛks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain.

  2. to make complicated; confuse.

  3. to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.

Origin of perplex:

1585–95; back formation from perplexed


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. complicate, perplex(verb)

    make more complicated

    "There was a new development that complicated the matter"


  1. perplex(Verb)

    To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perplex(adj)

    to involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood; as, to perplex one with doubts

  2. Perplex(adj)

    to embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety

  3. Perplex(adj)

    to plague; to vex; to tormen

  4. Perplex(adj)

    intricate; difficult

Translations for perplex

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to puzzle or confuse (someone); to make (someone) unable to understand

She was perplexed by his questions.

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