Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being confused or baffled; perplexity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The confusing state of being puzzled; bewilderment
  • n. A puzzle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being puzzled; perplexity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being puzzled; bewilderment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. confusion resulting from failure to understand

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Examples

  • 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.

    Lloyds Can Expect Foreign Adventures

  • 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?.

    The Truth Behind The £100 Phonecalls « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • My puzzlement is literal: what the heck is them things?

    Our Glass Lake | clusterflock

  • With the jury looking on in puzzlement, (he) admitted that he was, in fact, Flea.

    May 2007

  • Stage 1: (scratches head in puzzlement): Why does HBM care about Ashlee Simpson?

    Ashlee Simpson and Me | Her Bad Mother

  • In the early days of her despair, my mother would say in puzzlement, “I always just tried to be a good wife.”

    2006 October « Becca’s Byline

  • 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.

    The House on Kronenstrasse

  • Nagin†™ s biggest frustration, and his biggest source of puzzlement, is the slow pace with which relief arrived.

    Nagin speaks « BuzzMachine

  • 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.

    Imperium

  • Cicero watched his progress, at first with an expression of puzzlement, and then with one of realization.

    Imperium

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