[puhz-uh l-muh nt]


the state of being puzzled; perplexity.
something puzzling.

Origin of puzzlement

First recorded in 1815–25; puzzle + -ment
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Historical Examples of puzzlement

  • While they waited he gave Beardsley a look of puzzlement and new respect.

  • But still, his features mirrored no recognition or alarm; only puzzlement.


    Roger Arcot

  • And old Brooks, over him, gazed at the wet figure with puzzlement and pity.

  • Now Jed felt it too, and looked at Cal with puzzlement on his face.

    Eight Keys to Eden

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • Raoul glanced at his men as they came to a halt, puzzlement showing in their gestures.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for puzzlement



the state or condition of being puzzled; perplexity
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Word Origin and History for puzzlement

1822, from puzzle + -ment.

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