from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. See Synonyms at puzzle.
- transitive v. To make confusedly intricate; complicate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.
- adj. intricate; difficult
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood.
- transitive v. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety.
- transitive v. To plague; to vex; to tormen.
- adj. Intricate; difficult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Intricate; difficult.
- n. A difficulty; an entanglement; something hard to understand; a perplexity.
- To make intricate; involve; entangle; make complicated and difficult to be understood or unraveled.
- To embarrass; puzzle; distract; bewilder; trouble with suspense, anxiety, or ambiguity.
- Synonyms To complicate, tangle, snarl.
- Puzzle, etc. (see embarrass), confuse, harass, pose, nonplus, put to a stand, mystify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- v. make more complicated
Back-formation from Middle English perplexed, puzzled; see perplexed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin perplexus ("entangled, confused"), from per ("through") + plexus, perfect passive participle of plectō ("plait, weave, braid"). (Wiktionary)