puzzled

If you're puzzled, you're confused or baffled — you just don't understand. Most preschoolers would be puzzled watching a Shakespeare play.

If you're puzzled by your math homework, you might have to ask your teacher for help in school the next day. If everyone in the class has puzzled expressions on their faces, your teacher will probably pause and go over that entire section again. The adjective puzzled comes from the verb puzzle, which was originally pusle, "bewilder."

Definitions of puzzled
  1. adjective
    filled with bewilderment
    puzzled that she left without saying goodbye”
    synonyms: at a loss, nonplused, nonplussed
    perplexed
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
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