verb (used with object), puz·zled, puz·zling.
verb (used without object), puz·zled, puz·zling.
Origin of puzzle
Synonyms for puzzle
Related Words for puzzle outfix, determine, conclude, propose, settle, solve, undertake, decide, answer, agree, resolve, clarify, unravel, illustrate, analyze, elucidate, decode, deduce, translate, interpret
Word Origin for puzzle
c.1600, "state of being puzzled," from puzzle (v.); meaning "perplexing question" is from 1650s; that of "a toy contrived to test one's ingenuity" is from 1814.
Clarify or solve something, as in It took him a while to puzzle out the significance of the statement. [Late 1700s]