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 puzzledbewildered, perplexed, doubtful, baffled, rattled, mystified, clueless, thrown, lost, stumped, discombobulated, stuck, nonplussed, floored, shook, dopey, foggy, unglued
Examples from the Web for puzzled
Contemporary Examples of puzzled
The attitude of the local colleagues at first puzzled us, and then made us snicker in a superior way.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Many jazz fans were puzzled by this finding, which seems incompatible with the lackluster sales figures in the genre.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
That question has puzzled astronomers for decades, but a new study published just last week may have the answer.The Weirdest Object in the Universe
Matthew R. Francis
May 18, 2014
He began to read, raising his eyebrows with a puzzled, whimsical air, which made me tremble with suppressed anger.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The Speaker was puzzled at first, Simpson recalls, pointing out that he was a Republican and Mazzoli a Democrat.The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
January 31, 2014
Historical Examples of puzzled
They did not seem to interest him particularly, or else they puzzled him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Gilder himself was puzzled over the situation, which was by no means clear to him.Within the Law
She was a trifle subdued, with a puzzled look in her blue eyes.
She puzzled over Tillie a great deal, and over Grace and her kind.
But Christine's eyes were on him often that evening, puzzled, rather sad.
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.