puzzlement

[puhz-uh l-muh nt]

noun

the state of being puzzled; perplexity.
something puzzling.

Nearby words

  1. puzzle box,
  2. puzzle jug,
  3. puzzle out,
  4. puzzled,
  5. puzzleheaded,
  6. puzzler,
  7. puzzling,
  8. puzzlingly,
  9. puzzolan,
  10. puzzolana

Origin of puzzlement

First recorded in 1815–25; puzzle + -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for puzzlement

puzzlement

noun

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

puzzlement

n.

1822, from puzzle + -ment.

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