American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being confused or baffled; perplexity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being puzzled; bewilderment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
- n. confusion resulting from failure to understand
“Now the question causing some puzzlement is why this leading light in one of the world's biggest banks should have been persuaded to move into the chief executive's chair at Lloyds Banking Group, a U. K.-only operation that was deeply damaged by its purchase of the massively over-stretched HBOS.”
“When they look at me in puzzlement I explain that if they would not give up their spare time to police the streets for nothing why should I?.”
“My puzzlement is literal: what the heck is them things?”
“With the jury looking on in puzzlement, (he) admitted that he was, in fact, Flea.”
“Stage 1: (scratches head in puzzlement): Why does HBM care about Ashlee Simpson?”
“In the early days of her despair, my mother would say in puzzlement, “I always just tried to be a good wife.””
“Only when I became a woman myself did I realize that my efforts had been unsuccessful — that my mother was all too aware of the odd distance between us, with which this puzzlement is intimately connected.”
“Naginâ€ ™ s biggest frustration, and his biggest source of puzzlement, is the slow pace with which relief arrived.”
“I risked a look at Catilina and saw on his face an expression of puzzlement rather than anything else, for the incident, though obviously significant—people were still buzzing about it—was so fleeting that Hortensius was already walking away.”
“Cicero watched his progress, at first with an expression of puzzlement, and then with one of realization.”
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