puzzle

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English[edit]

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A puzzle of Rubik's cube.

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain, originally pusle. Possibly from pose (to perplex, puzzle, interrogate) +‎ -le (frequentive suffix). The verb (1590s) “to perplex” seems to predate the noun “state of being perplexed” (circa 1600), “perplexing question” (1650s), “toy” (1814).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

puzzle (plural puzzles)

  1. Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
    Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
  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.
  6. (archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
  7. The state of being puzzled; perplexity.
    to be in a puzzle

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Verb[edit]

puzzle (third-person singular simple present puzzles, present participle puzzling, simple past and past participle puzzled)

  1. (transitive) To perplex (someone).
    • Henry More (1614-1687)
      A very shrewd disputant in those points is dexterous in puzzling others, if they be not thoroughpaced speculators in those great theories.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
      He is perpetually puzzled and perplexed amidst his own blunders.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, Pulling the Strings:
      The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.
  2. To make intricate; to entangle.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
      The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate, / Puzzled in mazes, and perplexed with error.
    • William Cowper (1731-1800)
      They disentangle from the puzzled skein.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ puzzle” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English puzzle.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpazl̩/, /ˈput͡sle/

Noun[edit]

puzzle m

  1. jigsaw puzzle

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Usage notes[edit]

Also used as an indeclinable noun of various genders, most often neuter.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ puzzle in Jiří Rejzek, Český etymologický slovník, Leda, 2007
  2. ^ puzzle in Internetová jazyková příručka, Institute of the Czech Language of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English puzzle.

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puzzle m (plural puzzles)

  1. jigsaw puzzle

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puzzle m (invariable)

  1. jigsaw puzzle
  2. (by extension) A difficult problem