puzzle

v.

  1. Something which perplexes or embarrasses; especially, a toy or a problem contrived for testing ingenuity; also, something exhibiting marvelous skill in making.
  2. The state of being puzzled; perplexity; as, to be in a puzzle.

v. t.

  1. To perplex; to confuse; to embarrass; to put to a stand; to nonplus.
  2. To make intricate; to entangle.
  3. To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle; -- followed by out; as, to puzzle out a mystery.

v. i.

  1. To be bewildered, or perplexed.
  2. To work, as at a puzzle; as, to puzzle over a problem.