Puzzle meaning

pŭzəl
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.

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To puzzle is defined as to confuse.

An example of to puzzle is someone with green eyes saying their eyes are brown.

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To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study.

He puzzled out the significance of the statement.

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To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.
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To perplex; confuse; bewilder; nonplus.
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To be perplexed, etc.
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To exercise one's mind, as over the solution of a problem.
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The state of being puzzled; bewilderment.
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A question, problem, etc. that puzzles.
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A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle.
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Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.

Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.

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A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
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A jigsaw puzzle.
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(archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
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The state of being puzzled; perplexity.

To be in a puzzle.

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To perplex (someone).
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To make intricate; to entangle.
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Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
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Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma.

The puzzle of the author's true identity.

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The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment.

I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.

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To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter.
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To be perplexed.
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A crossword puzzle.
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puzzle out
  • to solve by deep thought or study
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puzzle over
  • to give deep thought to; concentrate on
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

puzzle over

Origin of puzzle

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary