Definition of puzzle in English:


Line breaks: puz¦zle
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌz(ə)l


[with object]


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  • 1A game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge: those who solve this puzzle in the shortest time are eligible for awards a book with picture puzzles
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    • Basically, it would be the equivalent of solving a puzzle in a video game.
    • A good puzzle game tests logic, reflexes and wit in the act of problem solving.
    • They will play games, solve puzzles, and ask questions like: Why can I remember baseball scores but forget where I put my keys?
  • 1.1A jigsaw puzzle: figurative so the pieces of the puzzle fall into place
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    • If it does, it might be one of the pieces of the jigsaw to these puzzles.
    • We all blinked as that piece of the puzzle fell into place, and said a perfectly chorused, ‘Hello.’
    • I guessed as the pieces of the puzzle fell into place.
  • 2A person or thing that is difficult to understand or explain; an enigma: the meaning of the poem has always been a puzzle
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    • Your intellect and intelligence may have others constantly asking for your help with things that take a lot of thought or are difficult puzzles.
    • Only the feel bad factor explains puzzles about the fuel protests.
    • We can make these puzzles so difficult that it would take a champion six hours to complete one.
    enigma, mystery, paradox, conundrum, poser, riddle, question, question mark, problem
    informal stumper



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  • Aurelia's new wings brightened as she lifted a face full of astonishment and puzzlement.
  • We broke off and he looked at me with a look of shock and puzzlement on his face.
  • She looked at me with puzzlement which plainly told she was wondering why I was telling her this.


late 16th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

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