- The definition of a quandary is a dilemma or a state of uncertainty.
An example of quandary is being presented with two great opportunities and not knowing which to take.
This woman is in a quandary as to which way to go.
Origin of quandaryearlier quandare, probably origin, originally jocular pseudo-L ; from Classical Latin quande, variant, variety of quam, how much (see quantity) + -are, infinitive suffix
Origin of quandaryOrigin unknown.
16th century. Origin unknown; perhaps a dialectal corruption (simulating a word of Latin origin with suffix -ary) of wandreth (“evil, plight, peril, adversity, difficulty"), from Middle English wandreth, from Old Norse vandrÃ¦Ã°i (“difficulty, trouble"), from vandr (“difficult, requiring pains and care").