Definitions for: Puzzle


[n] a toy that tests your ingenuity
[n] a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
[v] be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"
[v] be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"



Webster (1913) Definition: Puz"zle, n. [For opposal, in the sense of problem. See
Oppose, Pose, v.]
1. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a
toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also,
something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.

2. The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a
puzzle.


Puz"zle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Puzzled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Puzzling.]
1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand;
to nonplus.

A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous
in puzzling others. --Dr. H. More.

He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his
own blunders. --Addison.

2. To make intricate; to entangle.

They disentangle from the puzzled skein. --Cowper.

The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled
in mazes, and perplexed with error. --Addison.

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

Syn: To embarrass; perplex; confuse; bewilder; confound. See
Embarrass.


Puz"zle, v. i.
1. To be bewildered, or perplexed.

A puzzling fool, that heeds nothing. --L'Estrange.

2. To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem.

Synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystifier, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzler, stupefy, teaser, vex

See Also: bedevil, befuddle, chew over, Chinese puzzle, confound, confuse, contemplate, discombobulate, elude, escape, excogotate, figure out, fox, fuddle, jigsaw puzzle, lick, meditate, mix up, mull, mull over, muse, plaything, ponder, problem, puzzle out, puzzle over, reflect, riddle, ruminate, solve, speculate, stagger, stump, tangram, think over, throw, toy, work, work out

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