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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]


Not clear to the understanding


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


incomprehensible; uncomprehensible (difficult to understand)

Sense 2puzzling [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity


perplexing; confusing; puzzling

Context examples:

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


unclear (not clear to the mind)

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