- To perplex is defined as to confuse or complicate.
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)
- To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.
- To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated.