Origin uncertain; originally pusle. Possibly from pose (“to perplex, puzzle, interrogate”) + -le (frequentative suffix). 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 or more people 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).
- (intransitive) To think long and carefully, in bewilderment.
- We puzzled over the curious-shaped lock, but were unable to discover how the key should be inserted.
- (transitive) To make intricate; to entangle.
- See also Thesaurus:confuse
Also used as an indeclinable noun of various genders, most often neuter.
Although the correct pronunciation of this word, which has been borrowed from English, is /ˈpazl̩/, another common informal pronunciation is /ˈput͡sle/, which is a hyperforeignism, trying to apply either Italian (as in pizza) or more probably German pronunciation rules. However, both Italian and German pronunciation of the word puzzle is different.
puzzle m (plural puzzles)
- “puzzle” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
puzzle m (invariable)