[kwon-duh-ree, -dree] /ˈkwɒn də ri, -dri/

noun, plural quandaries.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.
/ˈkwɒndrɪ; -dərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma

“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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