- 1Make (someone) feel completely baffled: she was perplexed by her husband’s moodinessMore example sentences
puzzle, baffle, mystify, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, nonplus, disconcert, dumbfound, throw, throw/catch someone off balance, get, exercise, worry, befuddle, fuddle, addle, fog• informal flummox, be all Greek to, discombobulate, stump, bamboozle, floor, beat, faze, make someone scratch their head, foxpuzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, confused, nonplussed, disconcerted, dumbfounded, worried, at a loss, at sea, befuddled, fuddled, addledCanadian & Australian/New Zealand • informal bushedpuzzling, baffling, mystifying, mysterious, bewildering, confusing, disconcerting, worrying, unaccountable, difficult to understand, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, paradoxical, peculiar, funny, strange, weird, odd, beyond one; complex, complicated, difficult, hard, taxing, knotty, thorny, ticklish, involved, intricate, convoluted, labyrinthine, Byzantine• informal spiny, mind-bending• archaic wildering
- He was perplexed by her question and it more than a little baffled him.
- The 67-year-old director seems perplexed by the question.
- The children were perplexed by her unexpected good humor, but they admired her good-natured bravery in the face of personal tragedy.
late 15th century (as the adjective perplexed): from the obsolete adjective perplex 'bewildered', from Latin perplexus 'entangled', based on plexus 'interwoven', from the verb plectere.