Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun puzzle

2 senses of puzzle

Sense 1
puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser -- (a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler")
       => problem -- (a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve")

Sense 2
puzzle -- (a game that tests your ingenuity)
       => game -- (the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game; "the child received several games for his birthday")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb puzzle

2 senses of puzzle

Sense 1
perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound -- (be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me")
       => confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate -- (be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher")
          Phrasal Verb-> puzzle over#1; puzzle out#1

Sense 2
puzzle -- (be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure")
       => chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate -- (reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate")

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