- puzzle [puz′əl]vt.puzzled, puzzling [ME * poselen (inferred < pp. poselet), to bewilder, confuse < ?]to perplex; confuse; bewilder; nonplusvi.1. to be perplexed, etc.2. to exercise one's mind, as over the solution of a problemn.1. the state of being puzzled; bewilderment2. a question, problem, etc. that puzzles3. a toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuitySYN.- MYSTERY1——————puzzle outto solve by deep thought or study——————puzzle overto give deep thought to; concentrate onpuzzlementn.puzzlern.SYN.- PUZZLE implies such a baffling quality or such intricacy, as of a problem, situation, etc., that one has great difficulty in understanding or solving it; PERPLEX, in addition, implies uncertainty or even worry as to what to think, say, or do; CONFUSE implies a mixing up mentally to a greater or lesser degree; CONFOUND implies such confusion as completely frustrates or greatly astonishes one; BEWILDER implies such utter confusion that the mind is staggered beyond the ability to think clearly; to NONPLUS is to cause such perplexity or confusion that one is utterly incapable of speaking, acting, or thinking further; DUMBFOUND specifically implies as its effect a nonplused or confounded state in which one is momentarily struck speechless
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.