brainteaser

[ breyn-tee-zer ]
/ ˈbreɪnˌti zər /

noun

a puzzle or problem whose solution requires great ingenuity.

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Origin of brainteaser

First recorded in 1920–25; brain + tease + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for brainteaser

brain-teaser

brain-twister


noun

informal a difficult problem
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