English noun: puzzle
|1.||puzzle (communication) a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution|
|Samples||He loved to solve chessmate puzzles.|
That's a real puzzler.
|Synonyms||mystifier, puzzler, teaser|
|Narrower (hyponym)||acrostic, sudoku, word square|
|2.||puzzle (artifact) a game that tests your ingenuity|
|Narrower (hyponym)||Chinese puzzle, crossword, crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, tangram|
English verb: puzzle
|1.||puzzle (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to|
|Samples||This beats me!.|
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.
|Examples||The bad news will puzzle him, The good news will puzzle her, The performance is likely to puzzle Sue|
|Synonyms||amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, stick, stupefy, vex|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw|
|Narrower (hyponym)||elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump|
|2.||puzzle (emotion) be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide|
|Samples||We puzzled over her sudden departure.|
|Examples||Sam and Sue puzzle over the results of the experiment|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s PP|
|Broader (hypernym)||chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over|