Meaning of PUZZLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pʌz(ə)l ]

( puzzles)


If something puzzles you, you do not understand it and feel confused.

My sister puzzles me and causes me anxiety.

VERB : V n

• puz‧zling

His letter poses a number of puzzling questions.



If you puzzle over something, you try hard to think of the answer to it or the explanation for it.

In rehearsing Shakespeare, I puzzle over the complexities of his verse and prose.

VERB : V over / about n


A puzzle is a question, game, or toy which you have to think about carefully in order to answer it correctly or put it together properly.

...a word puzzle.

N-COUNT : oft supp N

see also crossword


You can describe a person or thing that is hard to understand as a puzzle .

Data from Voyager II has presented astronomers with a puzzle about why our outermost planet exists...

= mystery

N-SING : a N

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