Nearby words

  1. puy de sancy,
  2. puy lentil,
  3. puy-de-dôme,
  4. puyallup,
  5. puzo,
  6. puzzle box,
  7. puzzle jug,
  8. puzzle out,
  9. puzzled,
  10. puzzleheaded

Origin of puzzle

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

SYNONYMS FOR puzzle
2. Puzzle, riddle, enigma refer to something baffling or confusing that is to be solved. A puzzle is a question or problem, intricate enough to be perplexing to the mind; it is sometimes a contrivance made purposely perplexing to test one's ingenuity: a crossword puzzle; The reason for their behavior remains a puzzle. A riddle is an intentionally obscure statement or question, the meaning of or answer to which is to be arrived at only by guessing: the famous riddle of the Sphinx. Enigma, originally meaning riddle, now refers to some baffling problem with connotations of mysteriousness: He will always be an enigma to me. 6. confound.

Related formspuz·zled·ly, adverbpuz·zled·ness, nounun·puz·zle, verb (used with object), un·puz·zled, un·puz·zling.

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British Dictionary definitions for puzzle out

puzzle

verb

to perplex or be perplexed
(intr foll by over) to attempt the solution (of); ponder (about)he puzzled over her absence
(tr usually foll by out) to solve by mental efforthe puzzled out the meaning of the inscription

noun

a person or thing that puzzles
a problem that cannot be easily or readily solved
the state or condition of being puzzled
a toy, game, or question presenting a problem that requires skill or ingenuity for its solutionSee jigsaw puzzle, Chinese puzzle
Derived Formspuzzling, adjective

Word Origin for puzzle

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for puzzle out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with puzzle out

puzzle out

Clarify or solve something, as in It took him a while to puzzle out the significance of the statement. [Late 1700s]

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