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Puzzle meaning

puzzle - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. be a mystery or bewildering to; " This beats me!"; " Got me-- I don't know the answer!"; " a vexing problem"; " This question really stuck me"
  2. 2. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.
  3. 3. The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle.
  4. 4. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.
  5. 5. To make intricate; to entangle.
  6. 6. To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery.
  7. 7. To be bewildered, or perplexed.
  8. 8. To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem.
  9. 9. Perplexity; a puzzling toy or riddle.

puzzle - examples of usage

  1. It never occurred to her that her own conduct could be anything of a puzzle to her mother, or that elder people are as much affected by the young as the young are by them. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. She knew that she could fool Bowser the Hound and puzzle him so that he wouldn't be able to follow her track at all. - "The Adventures of Reddy Fox", Thornton W. Burgess.
  3. She left him and tried to puzzle out his philosophy. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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