A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle.
- to solve by deep thought or study
- to give deep thought to; concentrate on
Other Word Forms of Puzzle
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Puzzle
- puzzle out
- puzzle over
Origin of Puzzle
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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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