quandary

  • 1 Quandary — may refer to:* Dr. Quandary, a fictional character in the video game The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary * Mount Quandary, a mountain of Antarctica * Quandary Peak, a fourteener of Colorado …

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  • 2 Quandary — Quan da*ry, n.; pl. {Quandaries}. [Prob. fr. OE. wandreth adversity, perplexity, Icel. wandr[ae][eth]i difficulty, trouble, fr. vandr difficult.] A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Quandary — Quan da*ry, v. t. To bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or difficulty. [Obs.] Otway. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 quandary — I noun bafflement, bewilderment, confoundment, confusedness, confusion, difficulty, dilemma, disconcertion, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiosity, dubiousness, dubitation, incertitude, indecision, indetermination, irresolution, nonplus,… …

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  • 5 quandary — (n.) 1570s, state of perplexity, of unknown origin, perhaps a quasi Latinism based on L. quando when …

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  • 6 quandary — *predicament, dilemma, plight, scrape, fix, jam, pickle Analogous words: *juncture, pass, exigency, emergency, contingency, crisis: *difficulty, hardship, vicissitude: puzzling or puzzle, mystification, perplexity, bewilderment (see corresponding …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 quandary — [n] delicate situation bewilderment, bind, Catch 22*, clutch, corner*, difficulty, dilemma, double trouble*, doubt, embarrassment, hang up*, impasse, mire, perplexity, pickle*, plight, predicament, puzzle, spot*, strait, uncertainty, up a tree*;… …

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  • 8 quandary — ► NOUN (pl. quandaries) ▪ a state of uncertainty. ORIGIN perhaps partly from Latin quando when …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 quandary — [kwän′də rē, kwän′drē] n. pl. quandaries [earlier quandare, prob. orig. jocular pseudo L < L quande, var. of quam, how much (see QUANTITY) + are, inf. suffix] a state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma SYN. PREDICAMENT …

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  • 10 quandary — n. 1) a hopeless quandary 2) in a quandary (we were in a hopeless quandary) * * * [ kwɒnd(ə)rɪ] a hopeless quandary in a quandary (we were in a hopeless quandary) …

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  • 11 quandary — UK [ˈkwɒndərɪ] / US [ˈkwɑndərɪ] noun Word forms quandary : singular quandary plural quandaries be in a quandary …

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  • 12 quandary — noun /ˈkwɑːn.dərɪ/ a) A state of not knowing what to decide; a state of difficulty or perplexity; a state of uncertainty, hesitation or puzzlement; a pickle; a predicament. To quote the oracle of Delphi, / Love thou thy neighbor as thyself, aye,… …

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  • 13 quandary — quan|da|ry [ˈkwɔndəri US ˈkwa:n ] n plural quandaries [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Latin quando when ] a difficult situation or problem, especially one in which you cannot decide what to do in a quandary ▪ Kate was in a quandary over… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 quandary — [[t]kwɒ̱ndəri[/t]] quandaries N COUNT: usu sing If you are in a quandary, you have to make a decision but cannot decide what to do. The government appears to be in a quandary about what to do with so many people. Syn: dilemma …

    English dictionary

  • 15 quandary — noun be in a quandary (about/over) to be unable to decide what to do about a difficult problem or situation: The city council is in a quandary over whether to raise taxes or not …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 quandary — quan|da|ry [ kwandəri ] noun be in a quandary not to be certain what decision to make about something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 quandary — [16] Quandary may have originated as a quasi latinism. One of its early forms was quandare, which suggests that it may have been a pseudo Latin infinitive verb, coined on the fanciful notion that Latin quandō ‘when’ was a first person present… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 quandary — [ kwɒnd(ə)ri] noun (plural quandaries) a state of uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation: Kate was in a quandary. Origin C16: perh. partly from L. quando when …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 quandary — noun conflicting appointments left us in a quandary Syn: predicament, plight, difficult situation, awkward situation; trouble, muddle, mess, confusion, difficulty, dilemma, mare s nest; informal sticky situation, pickle, hole, stew, fix, bind,… …

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  • 20 quandary — [ˈkwɒndəri] noun be in a quandary to not be certain what decision to take about something[/ex] …

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