quandary [kwon-duh-ree, -dree] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quandary on Thesaurus.com noun, plural quan·da·ries.

  1. a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.

Origin of quandary 1570–80; perhaps fancifully Latin quand(ō) when + -āre infinitive suffixSynonyms for quandary See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.comSee predicament. Related Words for quandary predicament, dilemma, embarrassment, puzzle, uncertainty, impasse, difficulty, plight, bewilderment, clutch, strait, spot, doubt, hang-up, bind, perplexity, corner, pickle, mire, catch-22 Examples from the Web for quandary Contemporary Examples of quandary

  • The quandary of whether to freeze eggs or not could become irrelevant overnight.

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    Samantha Allen

    January 3, 2015

  • A teary Osbourne said she now thought “WWJD—what would Joan do” when faced with a quandary.

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    Tim Teeman

    September 20, 2014

  • As I noted in November, this legislation presented a quandary for Christie.

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    Dean Obeidallah

    January 8, 2014

  • Until Washington embraces a more grassroots approach, Egypt is unlikely to emerge from its quandary.

    Egypt, a Nation Divided

    Barak Barfi

    July 23, 2013

  • The quandary that Bush then faced in secret is visible now to the whole world, and only becoming harder to solve.

    What Can We Do About North Korea?

    David Frum

    April 5, 2013

  • Historical Examples of quandary

  • It was his mate who relieved him from the quandary in which he found himself.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The less he teaches and insists on facts and details, the greater his quandary.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • As a matter of fact, he told himself, he was in something of a quandary.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Had she said the Pritchards, Elsie would have been in a quandary; as it was, her face brightened.

    Elsie Marley, Honey

    Joslyn Gray

  • I confessed myself in as black a quandary as ever man experienced.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • British Dictionary definitions for quandary quandary noun plural -ries

    1. a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma

    Word Origin for quandary C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when Word Origin and History for quandary n.

    “state of perplexity,” 1570s, of unknown origin, perhaps a quasi-Latinism based on Latin quando “when? at what time?; at the time that, inasmuch,” pronomial adverb of time, related to qui “who” (see who). Originally accented on the second syllable.

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