- full of doubt or uncertainty; puzzled
- hard to understand; confusing
A perplexed student trying to figure out a class assignment.
An example of someone who would be described as perplexed is a person who is trying to solve a complicated math problem that she has no idea how to start.
- Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled.
- Full of complications or difficulty; involved.
Origin of perplexedMiddle English from perplex confused from Old French perplexe from Latin perplexus per- per- plexus past participle of plectere to entwine ; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
- Simple past tense and past participle of perplex.
- "What are you talking about?" he asked in a perplexed tone.
- He stared at her with a perplexed expression and finally shook his head.
- She was perplexed by this creature.
- His expression transformed slowly from perplexed to comprehension.
- Berg and the countess looked at her, perplexed and frightened.