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).
- Rhymes: -ʌzəl
puzzle (plural puzzles)
- 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.
- A riddle.
- (archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
- The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
- to be in a puzzle
- (anything difficult to understand or make sense of): anybody's guess, anyone's guess, conundrum, enigma, mystery
- (game for one person): brain-teaser, poser
- (crossword puzzle): crossword, crossword puzzle
- (jigsaw puzzle): jigsaw, jigsaw puzzle
- (riddle): guessing game, riddle
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- (transitive) To perplex (someone).
- Dr. H. More
- A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others.
- He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders.
- Dr. H. More
- To make intricate; to entangle.
- They disentangle from the puzzled skein.
- The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, / Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error.
- See also Wikisaurus:confuse
puzzle m (plural puzzles)
puzzle m (invariable)
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