unable to understand something or the reason for something synonym baffled She had a puzzled look on her face. Scientists are puzzled as to why the whale had swum to the shore. He looked puzzled so I repeated the question.Extra examples Mrs Sykes seemed slightly puzzled by this. We were becoming more and more puzzled by the minute. You look very puzzled about something. beginning to get a bit puzzled She had a puzzled expression on her face. We were genuinely puzzled by their decision.