puzzle

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EnglishEdit

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A puzzle of Rubik's cube.

EtymologyEdit

Origin uncertain, originally pusle, possibly pose (to perplex) +‎ -le ((frequentive, diminutive)). The verb (1590s) “to perplex” seems to predate the noun “state of being perplexed” (circa 1600), “perplexing question” (1650s), “toy” (1814).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

puzzle (plural puzzles)

  1. Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
    Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
  2. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
  3. A crossword puzzle.
  4. A jigsaw puzzle.
  5. A riddle.
  6. (archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
  7. The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
    to be in a puzzle

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VerbEdit

puzzle (third-person singular simple present puzzles, present participle puzzling, simple past and past participle puzzled)

  1. (transitive) To perplex (someone).
    • Dr. H. More
      A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others.
    • Addison
      He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders.
  2. To make intricate; to entangle.
    • Cowper
      They disentangle from the puzzled skein.
    • Addison
      The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, / Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error.

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Derived termsEdit

  • puzzle over
  • puzzle through

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ puzzle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

CzechEdit

NounEdit

puzzle n

  1. jigsaw puzzle

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English puzzle.

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puzzle m (plural puzzles)

  1. jigsaw puzzle

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English

NounEdit

puzzle m (invariable)

  1. jigsaw puzzle
  2. (by extension) A difficult problem
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