[syn: confusing, perplexing, puzzling]
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: not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the
meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later";
"prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been
disputed for centuries" [syn: enigmatic, enigmatical,
2: lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity;
"sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who
knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement" [syn:
confusing, perplexing, puzzling]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
83 Moby Thesaurus words for "puzzling":
able, abstruse, ambiguous, baffling, beguiling, bewildering,
bothering, confounding, confusing, contradictory, cryptic,
discomposing, disconcerting, dismaying, distracting, disturbing,
embarrassing, enigmatic, enigmatical, exceptional, extraordinary,
fabulous, fantastic, fascinating, incalculable, incognizable,
incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, intricate, marvelous,
miraculous, mysterious, mystifying, outlandish, passing strange,
perplexing, perturbing, phenomenal, problematic, prodigious, rare,
remarkable, riddling, sealed, sensational, sphinxlike, strange,
striking, stupendous, unapparent, unapprehended, unascertained,
unbeknown, uncharted, unclassified, undisclosed, undiscoverable,
undiscovered, undivulged, unexplained, unexplored, unexposed,
unfamiliar, unfathomed, unheard, unheard-of, unidentified,
unimaginable, uninvestigated, unique, unknowable, unknown,
unperceived, unplumbed, unprecedented, unrevealed, unsuspected,
untouched, upsetting, virgin, wonderful, wondrous