Definition of puzzlement in US English:

puzzlement

noun

  • A feeling of confusion through lack of understanding.

    ‘news reports expressed puzzlement over the crime’
    ‘I scratched my head in puzzlement’
    count noun ‘the mysteries and puzzlements of child-rearing’
    • ‘The diary contains plenty of small puzzlements.’
    • ‘Most foreign observers might be forgiven for a little puzzlement at all the fuss.’
    • ‘His brow furrowed in puzzlement.’
    • ‘Harriet had observed this growing estrangement with genuine puzzlement.’
    • ‘My surprise and puzzlement grew after I read the following passage.’
    • ‘There is serious puzzlement about some of his choices.’
    • ‘There seems to be some puzzlement as to why liberals are skittish about the deficit commission.’
    • ‘He looked at her with slight puzzlement, even resentment.’
    • ‘That technology was rolled out earlier this month, to widespread puzzlement.’
    • ‘Kate scratched her head, an expression of puzzlement on her face.’
    • ‘Something of my puzzlement must've shown on my face.’

Pronunciation

puzzlement

/ˈpəzlmənt//ˈpəzlmənt/