What does puzzle mean?

Definitions for puzzle
ˈpʌz əlpuz·zle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teasernoun

    a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution

    "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"

  2. puzzleverb

    a game that tests your ingenuity

  3. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb

    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. puzzleverb

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

    "We puzzled over her sudden departure"


  1. puzzlenoun

    Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.

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

  2. puzzlenoun

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

  3. puzzlenoun

    A crossword puzzle.

  4. puzzlenoun

    A jigsaw puzzle.

  5. puzzlenoun

    A riddle.

  6. puzzleverb

    To perplex (someone).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puzzlenoun

    Embarassment; perplexity.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Men in great fortunes are strangers to themselves, and while they are in the puzzle of business, they have no time to tend their health either of body or mind. Francis Bacon, Essays.

  2. To PUZZLEverb

    Etymology: for postle, from pose. Skinner.

    Your presence needs must puzzle Antony. William Shakespeare.

    I say there is no darkness but ignorance, in which thou art more puzzled than the Egyptians in their fog. William Shakespeare.

    Both armies of the enemy would have been puzzled what to have done. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others, if they be not thorough-paced speculators in those great theories. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

    He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders, and mistakes the sense of those he would confute. Addison.

    Persons, who labour under real evils, will not puzzle themselves with conjectural ones. Clarissa.

    The ways of heaven are dark and intricate,
    Puzzled in mazes, and perplex’d with error. Addison.

    These, as my guide informed me, were men of subtle tempers, and puzzled politicks, who would supply the place of real wisdom with cunning and avarice. Tatler, №. 81.

    I did not indeed at first imagine there was in it such a jargon of ideas, such an inconsistency of notions, such a confusion of particles, that rather puzzle than connect the sense, which in some places he seems to have aimed at, as I found upon my nearer perusal of it. Addison.

  3. To Puzzleverb

    To be bewildered in one’s own notions; to be aukward.

    The servant is a puzzling fool, that heeds nothing. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. Puzzle

    A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person's ingenuity or knowledge. In a puzzle, the solver is expected to put pieces together (or take them apart) in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct or fun solution of the puzzle. There are different genres of puzzles, such as crossword puzzles, word-search puzzles, number puzzles, relational puzzles, and logic puzzles. The academic study of puzzles is called enigmatology. Puzzles are often created to be a form of entertainment but they can also arise from serious mathematical or logical problems. In such cases, their solution may be a significant contribution to mathematical research.


  1. puzzle

    A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy designed to test one's ingenuity, knowledge, or problem-solving skills. It often requires a person to think strategically, analyze possible solutions or assemble parts in a logical way within a specified framework or rules, to achieve a specific objective or solution. Puzzles can take many forms such as crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, Rubik's cube, Sudoku, or riddles.

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. Puzzleverb

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

  4. Puzzleverb

    to make intricate; to entangle

  5. Puzzleverb

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

  6. Puzzleverb

    to be bewildered, or perplexed

  7. Puzzleverb

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

  8. Etymology: [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See Oppose, Pose, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puzzle

    puz′l, n. a difficulty to be solved: perplexity: something to try the ingenuity, as a toy or riddle.—v.t. to set a difficult question to: to pose: to perplex.—v.i. to be bewildered: to think long and carefully (with out, over).—ns. Puzz′ledom (coll.), bewilderment; Puzz′le-head, one who is puzzle-headed.—adj. Puzz′le-head′ed, having the head full of confused notions.—ns. Puzz′le-head′edness; Puzz′lement, the state of being puzzled; Puzz′le-monk′ey (same as Monkey-puzzle, q.v.); Puzz′le-peg, a piece of wood so secured under a dog's jaw as to keep his nose from the ground; Puzz′ler; Puzz′le-ring, a ring made of several small rings intricately linked together, capable of being taken apart and put together again.—adj. Puzz′ling, posing: perplexing.—adv. Puzz′lingly. [From M. E. opposaile (Eng. opposal), an objection—opposen, posen. Cf. Pose and Oppose.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puzzle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puzzle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of puzzle in a Sentence

  1. Art Hogan:

    The retail sales (data) is just another piece of the economic puzzle and one that investors have been waiting for, the Fed will definitely get one rate hike under its belt this year, and another one next year.

  2. Rajkumar Dasgupta:

    Perfect sleep is like having a puzzle, and you need all the right pieces, people who have insomnia, they're missing one of those sleep hygiene pieces. When you make your recommendation, like a muscle relaxation, maybe that's not the thing that they were missing. Maybe sound wasn't the key part. Maybe you need more of that weighted blanket.

  3. Michael Burton:

    It’s a missing part of the jigsaw puzzle, which is the structure of our local universe, they have managed to pierce through it and complete the picture of what our part of the universe looks like.

  4. Devin Booker:

    Everything clicks a little better with 3 on the court and with 3 being himself, i feel like we feed off of that. He’s a big part of the puzzle. It’s a little challenging when we don’t have him doing things he normally does. It’s definitely monumental that he’s out there for our team.

  5. Richard Isaacson:

    Perhaps MGMT is an important missing piece of the risk prediction puzzle for these women, but further studies are necessary.

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