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puzzle

puz·zle

puzzle

 
 
pronunciation:
puh zl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
puzzle out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a toy or problem that is solved by using thought or by rearranging letters, words, numbers, or objects.
The local newspaper publishes a crossword puzzle every day.It took us a few weeks to finish that jigsaw puzzle.
 
similar words:
crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, riddle
definition 2: anything that confuses.
Car engines are a puzzle to some people.
synonyms:
mystery, riddle
similar words:
dilemma, knot, maze, predicament, problem, tangle
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: puzzled, puzzles, puzzling
definition 1: to confuse.
The book's ending puzzled me.
synonyms:
baffle, confuse, mystify, stump
similar words:
beat, bewilder, bother, frustrate, shock, stagger, stick
definition 2: to think about something that is confusing or is hard to understand.
John puzzled for days over the meaning of her letter.
similar words:
brood, chew over, consider, contemplate, meditate, ponder, study
phrase: puzzle out
derivations: puzzledly (adv.), puzzlingly (adv.)
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  • puzzled:
    feeling confusion; not knowing the answer.