Definition of baffling in English:



  • Impossible to understand; perplexing.

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