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perplex Line breaks: per|plex
Pronunciation: /pəˈplɛks/

Definition of perplex in English:


[with object]
1Make (someone) feel completely baffled: she was perplexed by her husband’s moodiness
More example sentences
  • 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.
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, fox
archaic wilder, distract, gravel, maze, pose, cause to be at a stand
Canadian & Australian/New Zealand informal bushed
puzzling, baffling, mystifying, mysterious, bewildering, confusing, disconcerting, worrying, unaccountable, difficult to understand, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, paradoxical, peculiar, funny, strange, weird, odd, beyond one;
informal spiny, mind-bending
archaic wildering
1.1 dated Complicate or confuse (a matter): they were perplexing a subject plain in itself


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.

Words that rhyme with perplex

annex, convex, ex, flex, hex, Rex, specs, Tex, Tex-Mex, vex
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