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Definitions of perplexed

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



  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'

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)
Certainly without enthusiasm, and without much interest, Francis was also mildly perplexed.
NULL Dare Call It Treason


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