transitive verb-·zled, -·zling
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; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle