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perplexed (pəˈplɛkst) 



  1. confused and worried; at a loss   ⇒ Japan's perplexed bankers need not worry., She is perplexed about what to do for her daughter.


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= puzzled, confused, stumped, baffled, bewildered, mixed up, muddled, bemused, confounded, mystified, fazed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, befuddled, flummoxed

perplex (pəˈplɛks Pronunciation for perplex


verb (transitive)

  1. to puzzle; bewilder; confuse
  2. to complicate   ⇒ to perplex an issue

Word Origin

C15: from obsolete perplex (adj) intricate, from Latin perplexus entangled, from per- (thoroughly) + plectere to entwine

Translations for 'perplexed'

  • British English: perplexed If you are perplexed, you feel confused and slightly worried by something because you do not understand it. ADJECTIVEShe is perplexed about what to do for her daughter.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: perplexo
  • Chinese: 困惑不解的
  • European Spanish: perplejo perpleja
  • French: perplexe
  • German: verblüfft
  • Italian: perplesso perplessa
  • Japanese: 当惑した
  • Korean: 당혹스러워 하는
  • Portuguese: perplexo perplexa
  • Spanish: perplejo perpleja

Example Sentences Including 'perplexed'

Certainly without enthusiasm, and without much interest, Francis was also mildly perplexed.
Dare Call It Treason
I didn't say anything to you at the time, I know: I was very confused and perplexed.
Stewart, Michael Grace
I'd have thought --- ' Norrie pushed the strands of hair into place, looking perplexed.
Christina Jones TICKLED PINK (2002)


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