1. [syn: at a loss(p), nonplused, nonplussed, puzzled]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
puzzle \puz"zle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. puzzled (p[u^]z"z'ld);
p. pr. & vb. n. puzzling (p[u^]z"zl[i^]ng).]
1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand;
A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous
in puzzling others. --Dr. H. More.
He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his
own blunders. --Addison.
2. To make intricate; to entangle.
They disentangle from the puzzled skein. --Cowper.
The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate,
Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error.
3. To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out;
as, to puzzle out a mystery.
Syn: To embarrass; perplex; confuse; bewilder; confound. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: filled with bewilderment; "at a loss to understand those
remarks"; "puzzled that she left without saying goodbye"
[syn: at a loss(p), nonplused, nonplussed,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "puzzled":
addled, agape, aghast, agog, all agog, amazed, annoyed, anxious,
astonished, astounded, at a loss, at gaze, awed, awestruck,
baffled, bamboozled, beat, beguiled, beset, bewildered, bewitched,
bothered, breathless, buffaloed, captivated, confounded, dazed,
distressed, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, embarrassed, enchanted,
enraptured, enravished, enthralled, entranced, fascinated,
flabbergasted, floored, fuddled, gaping, gauping, gazing, harassed,
hypnotized, in a dilemma, in awe, in awe of, in suspense,
inconvenienced, irked, licked, lost in wonder, marveling,
mesmerized, muddled, mystified, nonplussed, on tenterhooks,
open-eyed, openmouthed, overwhelmed, perplexed, perturbed, plagued,
popeyed, put to it, rapt in wonder, sore beset, spellbound,
staggered, staring, stuck, stumped, stupefied, surprised, thrown,
thunderstruck, troubled, under a charm, vexed, wide-eyed,
wonder-struck, wondering, worried