Luvi Silverberg
November 15, 2022

How to Pronounce Puzzle

Introduction

You may have heard someone ask, "How do you pronounce the word puzzle?" You may have asked it yourself. And if you're anything like me, you've probably wondered: Is there a way to make sense of that PUZZ-uhl?

The answer is yes. But first, let's review how words are pronounced in English. The way we speak is called phonetics, and there are two main types of sounds in language: vowels and consonants. Vowels are easy—you can hear them as long as they're not blocked by other sounds in the word. Consonants are harder because they require air from our lungs to produce those letters (like P or Z). When we read a word aloud, we usually start at the beginning (left side) and move rightward until we reach the end (right side). That's called left-to-right processing; it's one reason why I always place my subject first!

But what about when an L doesn't stand alone? What if it's followed by an E or an S instead of another L? In these cases, our brains need to perform some tricky acrobatics before pronouncing those letters correctly so our mouths don't misspeak! Here's how to handle such tricky cases:

The word puzzle is a verb meaning "to baffle or perplex." It is also a noun, which can mean "a perplexing problem that tests your ingenuity" or "a jigsaw puzzle." Whatever you call your favorite brain teaser, it's pronounced PUZZ-uhl.

The word puzzle is a verb meaning "to baffle or perplex." It is also a noun, which can mean "a perplexing problem that tests your ingenuity" or "a jigsaw puzzle." Whatever you call your favorite brain teaser, it's pronounced PUZZ-uhl.

The word puzzlement means "a feeling of perplexity or confusion." Puzzle has several synonyms:

  • puzzled (adjective) - full of wonder, doubt, or uncertainty

  • puzzling (adjective) - difficult to understand; perplexing

The right way to pronounce the word puzzle is PUZ-zuhl.

When talking about an object that is puzzling or baffling, we pronounce the word PUZZ-uhl. This is true whether you're using a jigsaw puzzle or just making a guess at how something works.

The word puzzle can also be spelled pazazz and pronounced P A Z Z, but this pronunciation is incorrect in all other cases (unless you're talking about a hairstyle).

Conclusion

The word puzzle is a verb meaning "to baffle or perplex." It is also a noun, which can mean "a perplexing problem that tests your ingenuity" or "a jigsaw puzzle." Whatever you call your favorite brain teaser, it's pronounced PUZ-zuhl.