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Adjective: puzzling  pú-zu-ling or púz-ling
  1. Having an unobvious or mysterious meaning; hard to understand
    "I didn't grasp the meaning of that puzzling comment until much later";
    - enigmatic, enigmatical
  2. Lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity
    "a puzzling statement";
    - confusing, perplexing
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"

See also: incomprehensible, muddy, puzzle out, puzzle over, unclear, uncomprehensible

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

Encyclopedia: Puzzle