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
Examples from the Web for 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|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ted Gioia|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That question has puzzled astronomers for decades, but a new study published just last week may have the answer.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She listens, puzzled; perhaps a little frightened to be so much of a secret.Browning's Heroines|Ethel Colburn Mayne
One may be puzzled for a few minutes, but the explanation is simple enough.The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla|Thomas Commerford Martin
Truth to tell, he was rather a puzzled predikant at that moment.Aletta|Bertram Mitford
Then a puzzled look came into the nobleman's eyes; he gazed at Steele more closely; his glance cleared.Half A Chance|Frederic S. Isham
You are a strange child, and—and you say such strange things so naturally that I am puzzled to know how to speak to you.Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir|Charles Garvice
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.