A crossword puzzle.
- The definition of a puzzle is game to exercise the brain by fitting different pieces together.
An example of a puzzle is the New York Times crossword.
- To puzzle is defined as to confuse.
An example of to puzzle is someone with green eyes saying their eyes are brown.
transitive verbpuzzled, puzzling
Origin of puzzleMiddle English an unverified form poselen (inferred ; from past participle poselet), to bewilder, confuse ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to be perplexed, etc.
- to exercise one's mind, as over the solution of a problem
- the state of being puzzled; bewilderment
- a question, problem, etc. that puzzles
- a toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity
- Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
- Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma: the puzzle of the author's true identity.
- The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment: I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.
verbpuz·zled, puz·zling, puz·zles
- To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter. See Synonyms at perplex.
- To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study: He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
- To be perplexed.
- To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.
Origin of puzzleOrigin unknown.
- Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
- Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
- A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
- A crossword puzzle.
- A jigsaw puzzle.
- A riddle.
- (archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
- The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
- to be in a puzzle
(third-person singular simple present puzzles, present participle puzzling, simple past and past participle puzzled)
Origin uncertain, originally pusle, possibly pose (“to perplex") +"Ž -le (“(frequentive, diminutive)"). The verb (1590s) “to perplex" seems to predate the noun “state of being perplexed" (circa 1600), “perplexing question" (1650s), “toy" (1814).