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.
A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma.
A state of uncertainty or perplexity.
Origin of quandary
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 vandræði (“difficulty, trouble"), from vandr (“difficult, requiring pains and care").