I'm a beginner and this word or particle or whatever it is has left me dumbfounded. Greatly appreciate if anyone can tell me what this is supposed to be.
Do you have any other context for this character? As suggested in the comment above, it looks like the hiragana character 「れ」. However, depending on the context, it could possibly be a handwritten version of 「水」. I have seen instances where 水 written quickly ended up looking like れ (or check Google Images for 水 草書).