Definition of perplexing in English:



  • Completely baffling; very puzzling.

    ‘a perplexing problem’
    • ‘The programme which was apparently enclosed with that letter is a perplexing document.’
    • ‘These perplexing documents simply refuse to give up their secrets.’
    • ‘Instead, we are confronted with definitive declarations, even regarding the most perplexing of texts.’
    • ‘The criminal population constitute a perplexing human problem.’
    • ‘The purpose of the following discussion is to explore some of the perplexing aspects of contemporary monetary analysis.’
    • ‘How he plans to get it with the Daily News is an even more perplexing question.’
    • ‘Religious divisions posed a no less perplexing problem for the regent.’
    • ‘It is perhaps the single most perplexing problem of postmodernity.’
    • ‘We made the perplexing discovery that no-one had ever asked them.’
    • ‘To many in the industry, including enthusiasts, this was a perplexing statement.’
    • ‘For a former baseball player, it is a most perplexing problem.’
    • ‘The only perplexing thing is the lighting.’
    • ‘This has been a perplexing development through two games.’
    • ‘It means he is still a vital lyricist, a mesmerising performer and a perplexing human being.’
    • ‘There are many other perplexing questions that arise from this incident.’
    • ‘The choice to invert his moniker is a perplexing one.’
    • ‘The role of the judge advocate is a perplexing one.’
    • ‘On War is widely regarded as a perplexing text.’
    • ‘France, as usual, is the most perplexing, but also the most rewarding, wine country to buy from.’
    • ‘Others may present some of the most perplexing problems imaginable.’