a) The confusing state of being puzzled; bewilderment
b) A puzzle.

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  • Puzzlement — Puz zle*ment, n. The state of being puzzled; perplexity. Miss Mitford. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puzzlement — index ambiguity, cloud (suspicion), confusion (ambiguity), dilemma, quandary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • puzzlement — 1822, from PUZZLE (Cf. puzzle) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • puzzlement — [[t]pʌ̱z(ə)lmənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Puzzlement is the confusion that you feel when you do not understand something. He frowned in puzzlement. Syn: bafflement …   English dictionary

  • puzzlement — puz|zle|ment [ pʌzlmənt ] noun uncount a feeling of being confused because you cannot understand something: She was frowning in puzzlement …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • puzzlement — UK [ˈpʌz(ə)lmənt] / US noun [uncountable] a feeling of being confused because you cannot understand something She was frowning in puzzlement …   English dictionary

  • puzzlement — puzzle ► VERB 1) confuse because difficult to understand. 2) think hard about something difficult to understand. ► NOUN 1) a game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge. 2) a person or thing that is difficult to understand.… …   English terms dictionary

  • puzzlement — noun Date: 1822 1. the state of being puzzled ; perplexity 2. puzzle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • puzzlement — /puz euhl meuhnt/, n. 1. the state of being puzzled; perplexity. 2. something puzzling. [1815 25; PUZZLE + MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • puzzlement — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A stunned or bewildered condition: befuddle ment, bewilderedness, bewilderment, daze, dis combobulation, fog, muddle, mystification, perplexity, stupefaction, stupor, trance. See AWARENESS …   English dictionary for students

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