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PUZZLING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does puzzling mean? 

PUZZLING (adjective)
  The adjective PUZZLING has 2 senses:

1. not clear to the understanding
2. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity

  Familiarity information: PUZZLING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PUZZLING (adjective)


Sense 1puzzling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not clear to the understanding

Synonyms:

enigmatic; enigmatical; puzzling

Context examples:

I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later / prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries

Similar:

incomprehensible; uncomprehensible (difficult to understand)


Sense 2puzzling [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity

Synonyms:

perplexing; confusing; puzzling

Context examples:

sent confusing signals to Iraq / perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it / a puzzling statement

Similar:

unclear (not clear to the mind)


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