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Definitions of puzzle

  1. a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a toy that tests your ingenuity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To make intricate; to entangle. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To be bewildered, or perplexed. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Something that perplexes or causes embarrassment; a toy made to tax skill in arranging its parts; a problem; a riddle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To think in perplexity; as, to puzzle over a mystery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To perplex; entangle; embarrass; to solve by clever thinking; as, to puzzle out a riddle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Perplexity: something to try the ingenuity, as a toy or riddle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To pose: to perplex. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. PUZZLER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Perplexity; a puzzling toy or riddle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To confuse or be confused; perplex; mystify. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A perplexing problem; perplexity; quandary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Perplexity; embarrassment; something that puzzles. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To perplex; to embarrass; to make intricate; to resolve laboriously. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To be bewildered; to be awkward. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Bewilderment; perplexity; something to try ingenuity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To confuse; to bewilder; to be perplexed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. puz'l, n. a difficulty to be solved: perplexity: something to try the ingenuity, as a toy or riddle.--v.t. to set a difficult question to: to pose: to perplex.--v.i. to be bewildered: to think long and carefully (with out, over).--ns. PUZZ'LEDOM (coll.), bewilderment; PUZZ'LE-HEAD, one who is puzzle-headed.--adj. PUZZ'LE-HEAD'ED, having the head full of confused notions.--ns. PUZZ'LE-HEAD'EDNESS; PUZZ'LEMENT, the state of being puzzled; PUZZ'LE-MONK'EY (same as MONKEY-PUZZLE, q.v.); PUZZ'LE-PEG, a piece of wood so secured under a dog's jaw as to keep his nose from the ground; PUZZ'LER; PUZZ'LE-RING, a ring made of several small rings intricately linked together, capable of being taken apart and put together again.--adj. PUZZ'LING, posing: perplexing.--adv. PUZZ'LINGLY. [From M. E. opposaile (Eng. opposal), an objection--opposen, posen. Cf. Pose and Oppose.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. Bewilderment, perplexity; perplexing question, enigma; problem, toy, contrived to exercise ingenuity& patience, as Chinese p.; p.-head (ed), -pate (d), (person) with confused ideas; p.-peg, piece of wood so fixed to dog\'s lower jaw as to prevent him from putting nose close to ground. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. Perplex; be perplexed (about, over, problem &c.); make out (solution of problem &c.); Monkey-p. Hence puzzledom, puzzlement, puzzler, nn., puzzlingly adv. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. n. Something which perplexes ; a mechanical toy or geometric figure to try a child's ingenuity ;-a riddle; an enigma ;-state of bewilderment ; perplexity. Cabinet Dictionary

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