Use the adjective perplexed to describe someone who is utterly baffled or confused. If you've ever studied for the wrong test and been surprised and confused by the exam in front of you, you've been perplexed.

There's a particular bewildered kind of facial expression that goes along with the word perplexed. It's the kind of emotion that's hard to disguise. The Latin root perplexus means "confused or entangled," and "entangled" is a great way to imagine the tangled thoughts and confusion of someone who's perplexed.

Definitions of perplexed

adj full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

perplexed language”
perplexed state of the world”
mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently
at a loss, nonplused, nonplussed, puzzled
filled with bewilderment
at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
metagrabolised, metagrabolized, metagrobolised, metagrobolized, mystified
totally perplexed and mixed up
questioning, quizzical
perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)
experiencing no difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
unbaffled, unconfused
not perplexed by conflicting situations or statements
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