verb (used with object), puz·zled, puz·zling.
verb (used without object), puz·zled, puz·zling.
- puy de sancy,
- puy lentil,
- puzzle box,
- puzzle jug,
- puzzle out,
Origin of puzzle
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]