An example of perplex is to challenge a class with a very difficult question.
- to make (a person) uncertain, doubtful, or hesitant; confuse; puzzle
- to make intricate or complicated; make confusing or hard to understand: to perplex an issue
Origin of perplex; from Middle English perplex, perplexed ; from Middle French perplexe ; from Classical Latin perplexus, entangled, confused, involved ; from per, through + plexus, past participle of plectere, to twist, plait: see ply
transitive verbper·plexed, per·plex·ing, per·plex·es
- To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
- To make confusedly intricate; complicate: poorly informed opinions that only perplex the subject.
Origin of perplexBack-formation from Middle English perplexed, puzzled; see perplexed.
(third-person singular simple present perplexes, present participle perplexing, simple past and past participle perplexed)
(comparative more perplex, superlative most perplex)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.