1 a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people" [syn: predicament, plight]
2 state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options [syn: dilemma]
Etymology16th century. Uncertain origin.
- a US /ˈkwɑn.dri/
- A dilemma.
- A state of not knowing what to decide.
- Finnish: pulma
A state of not knowing what to decide
Quandary may refer to:
Gordian knot, baffle, bafflement, bewilderment, bother, confoundment, confusion, crux, difficulty, dilemma, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness, disconcertion, disconcertment, disturbance, embarrassment, enigma, fix, jam, knot, knotty point, mystery, node, nodus, nonplus, oxymoron, paradox, perplexity, perturbation, pickle, plight, pons asinorum, poser, pother, predicament, problem, puzzle, puzzlement, riddle, scrape, stew, teaser, unassuredness, uncertainty, upset, vexed question