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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Puzzle


PUZ'ZLE, verb transitive [from the root of pose, which see.]

1. To perplex; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to gravel.

A shrewd disputant in those points, is dexterous in puzzling others.

He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders.

2. To make intricate; to entangle.

The ways of heaven are dark and intricate,

Puzzl'd in mazes and perplex'd with error.

PUZ'ZLE, verb intransitive To be bewildered; to be awkward.

PUZ'ZLE, noun Perplexity; embarrassment.