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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb puzzle:


Puzzle is sometimes a misspelling of puzzles.

The word puzzle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun puzzle

What does puzzle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: puzzles

  1. a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
    • example: he loved to solve chessmate puzzles
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of puzzle: mystifier / puzzler / teaser
    • more generic word: problem = a question raised for consideration or solution
    • more specific terms:
      • sudoku = a number puzzle in which the numbers 1 through 9 must be placed into a grid of cells so that each row or column contains only one of each number
      • word square / acrostic = a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
  2. a game that tests your ingenuity
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: game = the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game
    • more specific terms:
      • Chinese puzzle = intricate or ingenious puzzle consisting of boxes within boxes
      • jigsaw puzzle = a puzzle that requires you to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a stiff base and cut into interlocking pieces
      • tangram = a Chinese puzzle consisting of a square divided into seven pieces that must be arranged to match particular designs
      • crossword puzzle / crossword = a puzzle in which words corresponding to numbered clues are to be found and written in to squares in the puzzle

Alternative definition of the noun puzzle


  1. Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
  2. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
  3. A crossword puzzle.
  4. A jigsaw puzzle.
  5. A riddle.

Definition of the verb puzzle

What does puzzle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: puzzled | puzzling | puzzles

  1. be a mystery or bewildering to
  2. be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

Alternative definition of the verb puzzle


  1. [transitive] To perplex (someone).


  1. Puzzle, ou parfois Le Puzzle, est un groupe de rap français fondé en 1998. Il est composé de quatre membres : Resha, Le Vrai Ben, Zedoo et Tony.
    • members:
    • albums: "Ici et maintenant / Qu'est-ce que tu veux de plus ?", "Puzzle", "Reste sport / Le soleil me promet la lune", "Viens m'chercher", "À poil sous mes sapes / Tout ce qu'on dit sur moi est vrai", "Split", "Nothing but the Rain​…"
  2. Puzzle is a Liverpool based indie-pop band with kinsella styled tendancies.
    • album: "Everything You Ever Made"

There are other groups with in their name, like Jive Puzzle, Puzzle Punks, Monkey Puzzle, Monkey-Puzzle, Mystic Puzzle.


  1. "Puzzle" is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, released 4 June 2007 - the album was later released in America in August. It is the band's first album since leaving Beggars Banquet.
  2. "Puzzle" is the third full-length album released by the Japanese boyband Kanjani Eight. Puzzle was released almost two years after the release of their second album, KJ2 Zukkoke Dai Dassō. There were two versions of this release, a regular edition and a CD+DVD limited edition. First press of the regular edition came with a photobook containing pictures from the making of the unit promotional videos, the normal edition came with member solos, and the limited edition CD+DVD came with a DVD documenting the making of the album, creation of the units, and music videos for each unit.
  3. "Puzzle" is the second album by the Icelandic band amiina. It was released on September 27, 2010. This album has references to the bands EP Re Minore as the tracks "Ásinn", "Púsl" and "Sicsak" are re-worked versions of the songs "Ásinn", "Þristurinn" and "Tvisturinn" from that release. Additionally, the track "Mambó" is a re-worked version of the song "Ammælis" from the "Seoul" single.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Puzzle" is the sixth album by Gianna Nannini and was released in 1984.
  5. "Puzzle" is the debut album of the alternative rock group dada, released in 1992, on I.R.S. Records. The album featured the hit single "Dizz Knee Land" and sold more than half a million copies. It spent 10 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #111. On July 13, 2004, the album was reissued with bonus tracks by Blue Cave Records.
  6. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Tahiti 80.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  7. "Puzzle" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Patrick Bruel.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  9. "Puzzle" is a musical album of AiRI.
    • released on
  10. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Château Flight.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  11. "Puzzle" is a musical EP of SCSI-9.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  12. "Puzzle" is a musical single of Blasterjaxx & Quintino.
    • released on
  13. "Puzzle" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  14. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Taru.
    • released on
  15. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Ziyo.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  16. "Puzzle" is a musical single of Alsdead.
    • released on
  17. "PUZZLE" is a musical single of Hiroko Moriguchi.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  18. "Puzzle" is a musical album of Sonerien Du.
    • released in (21 years ago)


  1. "Puzzle" is a Japanese film directed by Eisuke Naito and based on the novel by Yusuke Yamada. It is scheduled to be released on March 8, 2014.
  2. "Puzzle" is a 2010 Argentine drama film directed by Natalia Smirnoff. It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
  3. "Puzzle" is a 2006 South Korean film, the feature directorial debut of Kim Tae-kyung. A group of crooks are summoned together by an unknown master planner to carry out a bank robbery, but then it goes fatefully wrong.
  4. "Puzzle": L’uomo senza memoria is a 1974 Italian giallo film directed by Duccio Tessari. It was written by Ernesto Gastaldi. La Stampa defined the film as "full of ideas and with a strong storyline".
  5. "Puzzle" is a 1977 Australian TV movie.
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • director: Gordon Hessler
    • genres: Romance Film, Thriller
    • released in (38 years ago)


"Puzzle" is a video game.

  • developer: American Video Entertainment
  • genres: Strategy video game, Puzzle game
  • publisher: American Video Entertainment


Puzzle: A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person's ingenuity. In a puzzle, one is required to put pieces together, in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct solution of the puzzle. There are different types of puzzles for different ages.

  • also known as Computer puzzle game

Phrases with Puzzle

Phrases starting with the word Puzzle:

  1. puzzle out
  2. puzzle over
  3. Puzzle Elimia
  4. Puzzle Sunflower

Phrases ending with the word Puzzle:

  1. Floor Puzzle
  2. Island Puzzle
  3. jigsaw puzzle
  4. monkey puzzle
  5. chinese puzzle
  6. crossword puzzle

Other phrase containing the word Puzzle:

  1. Monkey Puzzle Tree

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Puzzle

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Google previewBrain Twisters and Teasers (2010)

A Logical Workout for the Mind by Jennifer Henson

Categorization Puzzles (page 29) A categorization puzzle is a problem in which words or concepts must be organized in a logical way before the answer will be clear. General Hints for Solving Categorization Puzzles 1. All of the information ...

Google previewSocial Freedom in a Multicultural State (2010)

Towards a Theory of Intercultural Justice by G. Nathan

The first puzzle is that one may argue that there are opposing ideas about the significance of our lives; either life is insignificant, or how we live is very significant. One may be convinced, on the one hand, that on a cosmological level our lives ...

Google previewThe Social Contexts of Intellectual Virtue (2016)

Knowledge as a Team Achievement by Adam Green

Teams, Roles, and a Solution The solution to Lackey's puzzle is an organic, theoretically motivated extension of the...

The first point that will be relevant to Lackey's puzzle is that credit attributions in the context of the achievement of a team are ...

Google previewGame Design Workshop (2008)

A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games by Tracy Fullerton

For example, composing a crossword puzzle is a form of level design. The level designer's challenge is...

Google previewWhy Are Our Pictures Puzzles? (2004)

On the Modern Origins of Pictorial Complexity by James Elkins

The picture puzzle is a structural metaphor, but it expands into the psychology of process and the limits of self-awareness. The extension is natural since the word “puzzle” is a verb as well as a noun, and it names a state of mind as well as a ...

Google previewThe Dynamics of Product Quality and International Competitiveness (EPub) (2007)

by Mr. Ashoka Mody, Deniz Igan, Ms. Stefania Fabrizio

The puzzle is that the market share gains by the CEE-8 were achieved despite the appreciation of real exchange rates (Figure 1). Of course, the bivariate relationship between real exchange rates and evolution of market shares does not ...

Google previewEstimating the Cost of Capital Implied by Market Prices and Accounting Data (2009)

by Peter Easton

For example, an explanation for the equity premium puzzle is that during the postwar period the United States (and other western nations) experienced an extraordinary run of “good luck.”2 Thus, the expected future rate of return required by ...

Google previewThe 21st Century Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (2009)

by Kevin McCann, Mark Diehl

The first crossword puzzle, then known as a "Word-Cross," was created by Arthur Wynne and appeared in the New York World on Dec. 21, 1913. In the 1920s, America experienced the "crossword craze," and since then crossword puzzles ...

Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions

follow, gravel, induce, obtain, pay off, puzzle, set out, suffer, whip in; 7 acquire, buzz off, capture, contact, develop, discern, flummox, mystify, nonplus, pay back, perplex, procure, produce, receive, stupefy, stupify, sustain, trounce, undergo; ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Crossword Puzzle Solver Dictionary is an aid for solving quick and Speedy crossword puzzles.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Choctaw Language (1915)

by Cyrus Byington

to puzzle. aiyokoma, aiyukoma, v. n., ...

Google previewAnother Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children (2012)

Over 300 Favorite Activities Created by Teachers by Kathy Charner

Puzzle. 4+. Learning Objectives Children will: 1. Develop fine motor skills. 2. Interact cooperatively with other children. 3. Develop language skills. Vocabulary above construction worker hammer hard hat next to pliers screwdriver tool belt ...

Google previewContested Etymologies in the Dictionary of the Rev. W. W. Skeat (1882)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

the docked form posal, which is supposed to have been the immediate parent of puzzle. Nor is apposal itself ever found in the sense of perplexity or confusion of mind. It would, moreover, be a violent change from the long o of posal to the short ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

The writingof the clues fora crossword is the last and much the most important task forthesetter,for it isherethat onestamps one's character and personal style onthe puzzle. Seasoned solvers develop clear preferences for the style of this or that ...

Google previewDictionary of Cognitive Science (2004)

Neuroscience, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, and Philosophy by Olivier Houdé, Daniel Kayser, Olivier Koenig, Director of Research at Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Pour La Recherche Joelle Proust, Joëlle Proust, François Rastier

Puzzle. of. the. Mind. A bduction, action, aging, animal cognition, artificial life, attention, autism, belief, categorization, cognitive development, cognitive psychiatry, cognitivism, communication, computational analysis, connectionism, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

PUZZLE, a perplexing question, particularly a mechanical toy or other device involving some constructional problem, to be solved by the exercise of patience or ingenuity. Some of the oldest mechanical puzzles are those of the Chinese, one of ...

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Sign language

The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book

Quotes about Puzzle

Life is a puzzle
More you try to solve
More it entangles
Sometimes one enjoys
Sometimes one hates
At times
One feels near
At times far
From solving it
Some lose hope
Some keep trying
Life goes on and on
The puzzle
Remains unsolved (Nirantar Dr.Rajendra Tela)
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Scrabble value of P3U1Z10Z10L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 26 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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