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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'

A perplexed bjp MP remarks, "Where was the need to rush through these ordinances?
India Today (1997)
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 was disappointed by the editorial (December 3) and perplexed as to why you took such a pro-government line here.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
I'd have thought --- ' Norrie pushed the strands of hair into place, looking perplexed.
Christina Jones TICKLED PINK (2002)
Quite what went awry in the second half had even Wenger looking perplexed.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
She also taught English to university students who were at once disillusioned and perplexed by the turbulent events around them.
Croll, Elisabeth Wise Daughters From Foreign Lands
The study's authors are perplexed by the anomalies they found.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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