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Verb: puzzle  pú-zul
  1. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    "These questions puzzle even the experts";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate, perplex, vex, stick, get, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
     
  2. Be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
    "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
Noun: puzzle  pú-zul
  1. A particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
    "he loved to solve checkmate puzzles";
    - puzzler, mystifier, teaser, riddler
     
  2. A game that tests your ingenuity

Derived forms: puzzling, puzzles, puzzled

See also: puzzle out, puzzle over

Type of: be, chew over, contemplate, excogitate, game, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, problem, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

Encyclopedia: Puzzle