jigsaw puzzle


noun

Also called picture puzzle. a set of irregularly cut pieces of pasteboard, wood, or the like that form a picture or design when fitted together.
any complex, confusing situation, condition, or item, as one composed of seemingly diverse or unrelated elements.

Nearby words

  1. jiggery-pokery,
  2. jiggle,
  3. jiggly,
  4. jiggy,
  5. jigsaw,
  6. jihad,
  7. jihadi,
  8. jihadism,
  9. jihadist,
  10. jihlava

Origin of jigsaw puzzle

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for jigsaw puzzle

jigsaw puzzle

noun

a puzzle in which the player has to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a wooden or cardboard base and cut into a large number of irregularly shaped interlocking pieces
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