Definition of baffling in English:

baffling

adjective

  • Impossible to understand; perplexing:

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

Pronunciation:

baffling

/ˈbaf(ə)lɪŋ/