Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “puzzle”

See all translations

puzzle

noun uk   /ˈpʌz.l̩/ us  
C2 [S] a situation that is difficult to understand: Scientists have been trying to solve this puzzle for years.A2 [C] a game or toy in which you have to fit separate pieces together, or a problem or question that you have to answer by using your skill or knowledge: a jigsaw puzzle a crossword puzzle a puzzle book
More examples

puzzle

verb [I + adv/prep, T] uk   /ˈpʌz.l̩/ us  
C1 to cause someone to feel confused and slightly worried because they cannot understand something, or to think hard about something in order to understand it: The findings of the survey puzzle me - they're not at all what I would have expected. [+ question word] It puzzles me why she said that. Management are still puzzling about/over how the accident could have happened.
More examples
(Definition of puzzle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of puzzle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “puzzle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck out

to be very lucky

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More