Puzzle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpʌzl|  American pronunciation of the word puzzle
Brit.  |ˈpʌz(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word puzzle


- a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution (syn: puzzler, teaser)
he loved to solve chessmate puzzles
that's a real puzzler
- a game that tests your ingenuity


- be a mystery or bewildering to (syn: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, stick, stupefy, vex)
- be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
We puzzled over her sudden departure

Extra examples

The cause of the accident has puzzled investigators.

...it is the cause of the disease that puzzles doctors...

...the final fate of the colonists at Roanoke remains a puzzle to this very day...

The result of your actions would be utter puzzle and bewilderment of the relatives.

This question puzzles me.

He was puzzled how to act.

After hours of puzzling over the book, it suddenly made sense.

The meaning of the poem has always been a puzzle.

He thought he had solved the puzzle.

He was puzzled by the reactions to his remark.

What puzzles me is why his books are so popular.

We puzzled over her sudden departure

A jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces

We're missing one piece of the puzzle.

...let's take another shot at the puzzle...

Phrasal verbs

puzzle out  — find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Word forms

I/you/we/they: puzzle
he/she/it: puzzles
present participle: puzzling
past tense: puzzled
past participle: puzzled
singular: puzzle
plural: puzzles
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