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puz·zle

puzzle

 
 
pronunciation:
puh zl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
puzzle out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a toy or enjoyable problem that requires thought, and sometimes manipulation of something, for a solution.
He enjoys solving word puzzles.She spent all afternoon doing a jigsaw puzzle.
 
similar words:
acrostic, anagram, Chinese puzzle, conundrum, crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, logogriph, riddle, word square
definition 2: anything that mystifies, confuses, or perplexes.
The crime was still a puzzle to the police.
synonyms:
enigma, mystery, riddle
similar words:
arcanum, conundrum, dilemma, knot, labyrinth, maze, perplexity, predicament, problem, quandary, stickler, tangle
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: puzzles, puzzling, puzzled
definition: to mystify or confuse; perplex; baffle.
The book's ending puzzled me; it just didn't seem to make sense.It puzzled the police that the doors and windows were all locked from the inside.It puzzled me when she said she was leaving so soon.
synonyms:
baffle, confound, confuse, mystify, perplex, stump
similar words:
bamboozle, beat, bewilder, bother, buffalo, disconcert, fog, frustrate, nonplus, pose, shock, stagger, stick, vex
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to think about something that mystifies, confuses, or perplexes.
I puzzled for days about his strange remark.Numerous scholars have puzzled over the meaning of this passage.
similar words:
brood, chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, meditate, mull, ponder, study
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phrase: puzzle out
derivations: puzzledly (adv.), puzzlingly (adv.)
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  • puzzled:
    feeling confusion; not knowing the answer.