- 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.
A crossword puzzle.
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”) + -le (“(frequentive, diminutive)”). The verb (1590s) “to perplex” seems to predate the noun “state of being perplexed” (circa 1600), “perplexing question” (1650s), “toy” (1814).