Definition of perplex in English:

perplex

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (someone) feel completely baffled.

    ‘she was perplexed by her husband's moodiness’
    • ‘His apparent willingness to gamble on growth is perplexing friends and delighting some of his foes.’
    • ‘Questions such as those can perplex many workers.’
    • ‘We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit.’
    • ‘I sat up and looked at him oddly, almost as though the question perplexed me more than anything else.’
    • ‘The idea of making unnecessary sacrifices at the expense of your looks and leisure time genuinely perplexes people.’
    • ‘The children were perplexed by her unexpected good humor, but they admired her good-natured bravery in the face of personal tragedy.’
    • ‘Physicians are often perplexed about how to interpret abnormal results within the panels.’
    • ‘The passenger is not reassured; he is perplexed.’
    • ‘The Aztecs exhibition will stun and perplex many people who see it.’
    • ‘I know this is most unusual but it is something that perplexes me.’
    • ‘I was perplexed when my results were quite different from those reported in the article.’
    • ‘No, what is perplexing me more is the discrepancy between giving and asking.’
    • ‘Human nature perplexes me and it's just one of those odd little quirky things that has grabbed my attention.’
    • ‘It perplexes me that smart people so often say things like this.’
    • ‘Having lived for years in a neighbourhood which has been ignored, local people are naturally perplexed and jealous.’
    • ‘He was perplexed by her question and it more than a little baffled him.’
    • ‘The 67-year-old director seems perplexed by the question.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, the tower's mystery and appeal remain undiminished, perplexing visitors and experts alike.’
    • ‘We are all anxious and eager to find answers to questions that intrigue and perplex us; this is natural.’
    • ‘He is genuinely perplexed that people don't think he has done enough.’
    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/