Definition of perplex in English:

perplex

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (someone) feel completely baffled.

    ‘she was perplexed by her husband's moodiness’
    • ‘We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit.’
    • ‘The idea of making unnecessary sacrifices at the expense of your looks and leisure time genuinely perplexes people.’
    • ‘The passenger is not reassured; he is perplexed.’
    • ‘The Aztecs exhibition will stun and perplex many people who see it.’
    • ‘The children were perplexed by her unexpected good humor, but they admired her good-natured bravery in the face of personal tragedy.’
    • ‘He was perplexed by her question and it more than a little baffled him.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, the tower's mystery and appeal remain undiminished, perplexing visitors and experts alike.’
    • ‘I was perplexed when my results were quite different from those reported in the article.’
    • ‘I sat up and looked at him oddly, almost as though the question perplexed me more than anything else.’
    • ‘It perplexes me that smart people so often say things like this.’
    • ‘Physicians are often perplexed about how to interpret abnormal results within the panels.’
    • ‘I know this is most unusual but it is something that perplexes me.’
    • ‘Questions such as those can perplex many workers.’
    • ‘Human nature perplexes me and it's just one of those odd little quirky things that has grabbed my attention.’
    • ‘We are all anxious and eager to find answers to questions that intrigue and perplex us; this is natural.’
    • ‘No, what is perplexing me more is the discrepancy between giving and asking.’
    • ‘The 67-year-old director seems perplexed by the question.’
    • ‘His apparent willingness to gamble on growth is perplexing friends and delighting some of his foes.’
    • ‘He is genuinely perplexed that people don't think he has done enough.’
    • ‘Having lived for years in a neighbourhood which has been ignored, local people are naturally perplexed and jealous.’
    puzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, confused, nonplussed, disconcerted, dumbfounded, worried, at a loss, at sea, befuddled, fuddled, addled
    puzzling, baffling, mystifying, mysterious, bewildering, confusing, disconcerting, worrying, unaccountable, difficult to understand, inexplicable, impenetrable, unfathomable, paradoxical, peculiar, funny, strange, weird, odd, beyond one
    puzzle, baffle, mystify, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, nonplus, disconcert, dumbfound, throw, catch someone off balance, throw someone off balance, get, exercise, worry, befuddle, fuddle, addle, fog
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    1. 1.1dated Complicate or confuse (a matter)
      ‘they were perplexing a subject plain in itself’
      puzzle, baffle, mystify, bemuse, bewilder, confound, confuse, nonplus, disconcert, dumbfound, throw, catch someone off balance, throw someone off balance, get, exercise, worry, befuddle, fuddle, addle, fog
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Origin

Late 15th century (as the adjective perplexed): from the obsolete adjective perplex ‘bewildered’, from Latin perplexus ‘entangled’, based on plexus ‘interwoven’, from the verb plectere.

Pronunciation

perplex

/pəˈplɛks/