[ per-plekst ]
/ pərˈplɛkst /


bewildered; puzzled: a perplexed state of mind.
complicated; involved; entangled.

Origin of perplexed

1350–1400; Middle English perplex confused (< Latin perplexus; see per-, complex) + -ed2

Related forms

per·plex·ed·ly [per-plek-sid-lee] /pərˈplɛk sɪd li/, adverbper·plex·ed·ness, nounself-per·plexed, adjectiveun·per·plexed, adjective

Definition for perplexed (2 of 2)


[ per-pleks ]
/ pərˈplɛks /

verb (used with object)

to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.
to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question.
to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.

Origin of perplex

First recorded in 1585–95; back formation from perplexed

Related forms

per·plex·er, nounper·plex·ing·ly, adverbun·per·plex·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perplexed


/ (pəˈplɛks) /

verb (tr)

to puzzle; bewilder; confuse
to complicateto perplex an issue

Word Origin for perplex

C15: from obsolete perplex (adj) intricate, from Latin perplexus entangled, from per- (thoroughly) + plectere to entwine
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