Definitions for: Quandary


[n] state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
[n] a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quan"da*ry, n.; pl. Quandaries. [Prob. fr. OE.
wandreth adversity, perplexity, Icel. wandr[ae][eth]i
difficulty, trouble, fr. vandr difficult.]
A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.


Quan"da*ry, v. t.
To bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or
difficulty. [Obs.] --Otway.

Synonyms: dilemma, plight, predicament

See Also: box, care, corner, difficulty, double bind, hot water, perplexity


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