An example of a puzzle is the New York Times crossword.
An example of to puzzle is someone with green eyes saying their eyes are brown.
He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
The puzzle of the author's true identity.
I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.
- to solve by deep thought or study
- to give deep thought to; concentrate on
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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).