Definition of Puzzle

1. Noun. A particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution. "That's a real puzzler"

Exact synonyms: Mystifier, Puzzler, Teaser
Generic synonyms: Problem
Specialized synonyms: Sudoku, Acrostic, Word Square
Derivative terms: Mystify

2. Verb. Be a mystery or bewildering to. "The good news will puzzle her"; "This question really stuck me"

3. Noun. A game that tests your ingenuity.
Specialized synonyms: Chinese Puzzle, Jigsaw Puzzle, Tangram, Crossword, Crossword Puzzle
Generic synonyms: Game

4. Verb. Be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide. "Sam and Sue puzzle over the results of the experiment"; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"

Definition of Puzzle

1. n. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.

2. v. t. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.

3. v. i. To be bewildered, or perplexed.

Definition of Puzzle

1. Noun. Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of. ¹

2. Noun. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete. ¹

3. Noun. A crossword puzzle. ¹

4. Noun. A jigsaw puzzle. ¹

5. Noun. A riddle. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To perplex (someone). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Puzzle

1. to cause uncertainty and indecision in [v -ZLED, -ZLING, -ZLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Puzzle

putz
putzed
putzes
putzing
putzite
puukko
puukkos
puy
puya
puyas
puys
puzel
puzels
puzzel
puzzels
puzzle (current term)
puzzle out
puzzle over
puzzled
puzzled out
puzzledly
puzzledom
puzzleheaded
puzzleheadedness
puzzlehunt
puzzlehunts
puzzlelike
puzzlement
puzzlements
puzzler

Literary usage of Puzzle

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"object timbre, qualification; see ODDITY. puzzle, n. ... perplex. puzzle, ei: grope. puzzlement: perplexity. puzzle-headed: confused. ..."

2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1889)
"REPORT CONCERNING THE "KING'S MOVE puzzle." OUR thanks are due to six thousand and seventy-two friends for prompt and hearty responses in competition fur ..."

3. The Writings of John Burroughs by John Burroughs (1913)
"IX THE ANIMAL AND THE puzzle-BOX I MUST beg my reader's indulgence in returning to the ... They are drilled into forming new habits,—the puzzle-box habit, ..."

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