noun, plural quan·da·ries.
Origin of quandary
Examples from the Web for quandary
The quandary of whether to freeze eggs or not could become irrelevant overnight.
A teary Osbourne said she now thought "WWJD—what would Joan do" when faced with a quandary.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As I noted in November, this legislation presented a quandary for Christie.‘Bridgegate’ Won’t Be the End of Christie 2016, but the DREAM Act Could Be|Dean Obeidallah|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until Washington embraces a more grassroots approach, Egypt is unlikely to emerge from its quandary.
The quandary that Bush then faced in secret is visible now to the whole world, and only becoming harder to solve.
It was the reply of the financial man in Berlin to whom, in his quandary, he had turned.A Little Garrison|Fritz von der Kyrburg
A puzzled expression came over the face of the other, and he seemed lost in a quandary.A. D. 2000|Alvarado M. Fuller
And, like a person in such a quandary, Wade's first instinctive thought was to struggle.The Lilac Girl|Ralph Henry Barbour
The lawyer was in a quandary, and Carolan shot angry glances at Tom.The Blind Brother|Homer Greene
Meanwhile Anstice was in a quandary on this beautiful summer morning.Afterwards|Kathlyn Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for quandary
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for quandary
Word Origin and History for quandary
"state of perplexity," 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a quasi-Latinism based on Latin quando "when? at what time?; at the time that, inasmuch," pronomial adverb of time, related to qui "who" (see who). Originally accented on the second syllable.