2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

puzzle \puz"zle\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {puzzled} (p[u^]z"z'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {puzzling} (p[u^]z"zl[i^]ng).]

1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.

A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others. --Dr. H. More.

He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders. --Addison.

2. To make intricate; to entangle.

They disentangle from the puzzled skein. --Cowper.

The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error. --Addison.

3. To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery.

Syn: To embarrass; perplex; confuse; bewilder; confound. See {Embarrass}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: filled with bewilderment; "at a loss to understand those remarks"; "puzzled that she left without saying goodbye" [syn: {at a loss(p)}, {nonplused}, {nonplussed}, {puzzled}]

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