Definition of baffling in English:



  • Impossible to understand; perplexing.

    ‘the crime is a baffling mystery for the police’
    • ‘The referee whistles for a goal-kick, which is rather baffling.’
    • ‘Why he would go to such extraordinary lengths is baffling.’
    • ‘At first glance, this state of affairs is baffling.’
    • ‘There is nothing baffling about its language at all.’
    • ‘There is a baffling array of ISA funds out there, offered by a vast number of investment companies.’
    • ‘His management style, his beliefs, are a baffling blend that defies categorization.’
    • ‘The theater was designed without either front hanging points (for lights and sound equipment) or built-in ceiling lights, which is baffling.’
    • ‘The hitherto baffling puzzles can now be solved.’
    • ‘Indeed what is baffling is that they don't share the same level of success overseas.’
    • ‘How a state could enforce such mind-bogglingly stupid policies is baffling.’
    • ‘An equally baffling fire broke out last week in Fayetteville, Missouri.’
    • ‘The tax system was described as "arbitrary" and the relationship between estate annual values and resources appeared somewhat baffling.’
    • ‘The decision to go on with the game was baffling.’
    • ‘The most baffling aspect of the season has been the collapse of the defense.’
    • ‘It is baffling why the Department of Defense has made this ruling.’
    • ‘Make no mistake: the world of investment is vast and baffling.’
    • ‘All I did was introduce myself, and she paid me what seemed at first like a baffling compliment.’
    • ‘Occasionally, however, the movie connection is just baffling.’
    • ‘This may explain something of the bond which was otherwise baffling to their acquaintances.’
    • ‘Talking to someone who doesn't give you her full attention is rather baffling.’
    puzzling, bewildering, perplexing, mystifying, bemusing, confusing, unclear, difficult to understand, hard to understand, beyond one, above one's head
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