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puz·zle

 (pŭz′əl)
n.
1. Something, such as a game, toy, or problem, that requires ingenuity and often persistence in solving or assembling.
2. Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma: the puzzle of the author's true identity.
3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment: I'm really in a puzzle over how this happened.
v. puz·zled, puz·zling, puz·zles
v.tr.
1. To baffle or confuse mentally by presenting or being a difficult problem or matter. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To clarify or solve (something confusing) by reasoning or study: He puzzled out the significance of the statement.
v.intr.
1. To be perplexed.
2. To ponder over a problem in an effort to solve or understand it.

[Origin unknown.]

puz′zler n.

puzzle

(ˈpʌzəl)
vb
1. to perplex or be perplexed
2. (foll by: over) to attempt the solution (of); ponder (about): he puzzled over her absence.
3. (usually foll by: out) to solve by mental effort: he puzzled out the meaning of the inscription.
n
4. a person or thing that puzzles
5. a problem that cannot be easily or readily solved
6. the state or condition of being puzzled
7. (Games, other than specified) a toy, game, or question presenting a problem that requires skill or ingenuity for its solution. See jigsaw puzzle, Chinese puzzle
[C16: of unknown origin]
ˈpuzzling adj

puz•zle

(ˈpʌz əl)

n., v. -zled, -zling. n.
1. a toy, problem, or other contrivance designed to amuse by presenting difficulties to be solved by ingenuity or patient effort.
2. a puzzling question, matter, or person.
3. a puzzled or perplexed condition.
v.t.
4. to mystify; confuse; baffle.
5. to exercise (oneself, one's brain, etc.) over some problem or matter.
v.i.
6. to ponder over some perplexing problem or matter.
7. puzzle out, to solve by careful study or effort.
[1585–95; orig. uncertain]
puz′zled•ly, adv.
puz′zle•ment, n.
puz′zler, n.

puzzle

  • rebus - A puzzle in which one must decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words.
  • puzzle - Comes from Old French opposaile, "thing set before one," "bewildering thing"; as a verb, it first meant "be beset by difficulties."
  • cabobble - To mystify, puzzle, or confuse.
  • word search - A puzzle consisting of letters arranged in a grid which contains a number of hidden words written in various directions.

puzzle


Past participle: puzzled
Gerund: puzzling

Imperative
puzzle
puzzle
Present
I puzzle
you puzzle
he/she/it puzzles
we puzzle
you puzzle
they puzzle
Preterite
I puzzled
you puzzled
he/she/it puzzled
we puzzled
you puzzled
they puzzled
Present Continuous
I am puzzling
you are puzzling
he/she/it is puzzling
we are puzzling
you are puzzling
they are puzzling
Present Perfect
I have puzzled
you have puzzled
he/she/it has puzzled
we have puzzled
you have puzzled
they have puzzled
Past Continuous
I was puzzling
you were puzzling
he/she/it was puzzling
we were puzzling
you were puzzling
they were puzzling
Past Perfect
I had puzzled
you had puzzled
he/she/it had puzzled
we had puzzled
you had puzzled
they had puzzled
Future
I will puzzle
you will puzzle
he/she/it will puzzle
we will puzzle
you will puzzle
they will puzzle
Future Perfect
I will have puzzled
you will have puzzled
he/she/it will have puzzled
we will have puzzled
you will have puzzled
they will have puzzled
Future Continuous
I will be puzzling
you will be puzzling
he/she/it will be puzzling
we will be puzzling
you will be puzzling
they will be puzzling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been puzzling
you have been puzzling
he/she/it has been puzzling
we have been puzzling
you have been puzzling
they have been puzzling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been puzzling
you will have been puzzling
he/she/it will have been puzzling
we will have been puzzling
you will have been puzzling
they will have been puzzling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been puzzling
you had been puzzling
he/she/it had been puzzling
we had been puzzling
you had been puzzling
they had been puzzling
Conditional
I would puzzle
you would puzzle
he/she/it would puzzle
we would puzzle
you would puzzle
they would puzzle
Past Conditional
I would have puzzled
you would have puzzled
he/she/it would have puzzled
we would have puzzled
you would have puzzled
they would have puzzled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puzzle - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solutionpuzzle - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
sudoku - a number puzzle in which the numbers 1 through 9 must be placed into a grid of cells so that each row or column contains only one of each number
acrostic, word square - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
2.puzzle - a game that tests your ingenuity
Chinese puzzle - intricate or ingenious puzzle consisting of boxes within boxes
game - the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game; "the child received several games for his birthday"
jigsaw puzzle - a puzzle that requires you to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a stiff base and cut into interlocking pieces
tangram - a Chinese puzzle consisting of a square divided into seven pieces that must be arranged to match particular designs
crossword, crossword puzzle - a puzzle in which words corresponding to numbered clues are to be found and written in to squares in the puzzle
Verb1.puzzle - be a mystery or bewildering topuzzle - 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"
stump, mix up - cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her"
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
elude, escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
puzzle over - try to solve
figure out, puzzle out, solve, lick, work out, work - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
2.puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

puzzle

verb
1. perplex, beat (slang), confuse, baffle, stump, bewilder, confound, mystify, faze, flummox, bemuse, nonplus What puzzles me is why nobody has complained before now.
noun
1. problem, riddle, maze, labyrinth, question, conundrum, teaser, poser, brain-teaser (informal) a word puzzle
2. mystery, problem, paradox, enigma, conundrum the puzzle of why there are no Stone Age cave paintings in Britain
puzzle over something think about, study, wonder about, mull over, muse on, think hard about, ponder on, brood over, ask yourself about, cudgel or rack your brains puzzling over the complexities of Shakespeare's verse
puzzle something out solve, work out, figure out, unravel, see, get, crack, resolve, sort out, clear up, decipher, think through, suss (out) (slang), get the answer of, find the key to, crack the code of I stared at the symbols, trying to puzzle out their meaning.

puzzle

verb
To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
phrasal verb
puzzle out
To find the key to (a code, for example):
noun
Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
لُغْزلُغْز، اُحْجِيَهمُشْكِلَهيُرْبِك، يُحَيِّريُفَكِّرُ مَلِيَّا
hádankahlavolamlámat si hlavuzáhadazmást
gådegruble overpuslespilforundreforvirre
arvoitusaskarruttaapähkinäpulmatehtävä
zagonetkazbunitismesti
rejtvényfejtörést okozpuzzle
òraut; krossgáta; pússluspilráîgátavalda heilabrotum, ruglavelta fyrir sér
難問
난문제
dėstasgalvosūkiskibučiaistebintisunkiai suvokiamas
apmulsinātgrūts uzdevumslauzīt galvumīkla
križankasestavljankaugankazmesti
pussel
ปริศนา
bilmecebulmacakafa yormak/patlatmakkafasını karıştırmakmuamma
vấn đề khó

puzzle

[ˈpʌzl]
A. N
1. (= game, jigsaw) → rompecabezas m inv; (= crossword) → crucigrama m
2. (= mystery) → misterio m, enigma m; (= riddle) → acertijo m, adivinanza f
it's a real puzzlees un verdadero misterio or enigma
B. VTdejar perplejo, desconcertar
that properly puzzled himeso lo dejó totalmente perplejo
C. VI to puzzle about or overdar vueltas (en la cabeza) a
D. CPD puzzle book Nlibro m de puzzles
puzzle out VT + ADV to puzzle sth outdescifrar algo
we're still trying to puzzle out why he did itseguimos tratando de comprender por qué lo hizo

puzzle

[ˈpʌzəl]
n
(= mystery) → énigme f, mystère m
(= game) → casse-tête m inv
a book of puzzles → un recueil de casse-tête
(also crossword puzzle) → grille f de mots croisés
(= jigsaw) → puzzle m
the final piece of the puzzle → la dernière pièce du puzzle
With this discovery, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place → Avec cette découverte, la dernière pièce du puzzle s'est mise en place.
vt [+ person] → dérouter, rendre perplexe
vise creuser la tête
to puzzle over sth → chercher à comprendre qchpuzzle book nrecueil m de casse-têtes

puzzle

n
(= wordgame etc)Rätsel nt; (= toy)Geduldsspiel nt; (= jigsaw)Puzzle(spiel) nt; books of puzzles or puzzle books for childrenRätselbücher plfür Kinder
(= mystery)Rätsel nt; it’s a puzzle to mees ist mir ein Rätsel
vt
(= baffle)verblüffen; to be puzzled about somethingsich über etw (acc)im Unklaren sein; the authorities are puzzleddie Behörden stehen vor einem Rätsel
to puzzle something outetw (her)austüfteln
vi to puzzle about or over somethingsich (dat)über etw (acc)den Kopf zerbrechen

puzzle

[ˈpʌzl]
1. n
a. (game) → rompicapo; (word game) → rebus m inv; (crossword) → parole fpl incrociate, cruciverba m inv; (riddle) → indovinello; (jigsaw puzzle) → puzzle m inv
b. (mystery) → enigma m, mistero
it's a puzzle to me how it happened → non so come sia successo, per me resta un enigma
2. vtlasciar perplesso/a
puzzle out vt + adv (problem) → risolvere; (mystery, person, attitude) → capire; (writing, instructions) → decifrare; (answer, solution) → trovare
I'm trying to puzzle out why → sto cercando di scoprire il perché
puzzle over puzzle about vt + adv (sb's actions) → cercare di capire; (mystery, problem) → cercare di risolvere

puzzle

(ˈpazl) verb
1. to perplex, baffle or bewilder. The question puzzled them; What puzzles me is how he got here so soon.
2. to think long and carefully about a problem etc. I puzzled over the sum for hours.
noun
1. a problem that causes a lot of thought. Her behaviour was a puzzle to him.
2. a kind of game or toy to test one's thinking, knowledge or skill. a jig-saw puzzle; a crossword puzzle.
ˈpuzzling adjective
difficult to understand. a puzzling remark.
puzzle out
to solve (a problem etc).

puzzle

لُغْز hádanka gåde Rätsel γρίφος rompecabezas arvoitus énigme zagonetka puzzle 難問 난문제 puzzel puslespill łamigłówka charada головоломка pussel ปริศนา bilmece vấn đề khó
References in classic literature ?
Come, Peggy," said Jo, unfolding herself like an animated puzzle.
From this mood, too, he partially rallied for an instant, and looked at Hepzibah with a smile, the keen, half-derisory purport of which was a puzzle to her.
Nay, to this very hour, I often puzzle myself with it.
Lucky now( sneezes) there's no knee-joint to make; that might puzzle a little; but a mere shinbone --why it's easy as making hop-poles; only I should like to put a good finish on.
Being safe, now, I began to puzzle through my sincere but ungrammatical thanks, when there was a sudden mutual recognition --the benefactress and I had met at Allerheiligen.
To her own heart it was a delightful affair, to her imagination it was even a ridiculous one, but to her reason, her judgment, it was completely a puzzle.
You looked very much puzzled, Miss Eyre; and though you are not pretty any more than I am handsome, yet a puzzled air becomes you; besides, it is convenient, for it keeps those searching eyes of yours away from my physiognomy, and busies them with the worsted flowers of the rug; so puzzle on.
He divined that one of his enemy's purposes was to secure the personal property, as well as the estate, to his son: or rather himself; yet why he did not wait till his decease was a puzzle to my master, because ignorant how nearly he and his nephew would quit the world together.
Yorkshire people seemed strange, and Martha was always rather a puzzle to her.
And that's all as ever I can be sure on, and everything else is a big puzzle to me when I think on it.
But the clothes-line presented charming evidence of still another occupant; and here, though so far easy to read, came in something of a puzzle.
The roof and south wall is browed right away," continued the man, after pausing for a moment to puzzle over Smilash's meaning.