perplexing

adjective
per·​plex·​ing | \ pər-ˈplek-siŋ How to pronounce perplexing (audio) \

Definition of perplexing

: difficult to understand : causing confusion A perplexing feature of insomnia is that people seem to overestimate their sleep loss.— Rita L. Atkinson et al. Chronic acalculous biliary disorders are among the most perplexing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in medicine.— Richard M. Gore A perplexing problem, often encountered by cat owners, is that of a refusal to use the litterbox after using it for years in the past.— Susan L. Mathews

Other Words from perplexing

perplexingly adverb
a perplexingly complex problem This was all that I could observe of her in the dim light and under the perplexingly strange circumstances of our meeting. — Wilkie Collins

First Known Use of perplexing

1585, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about perplexing

Statistics for perplexing

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for perplexing

The first known use of perplexing was in 1585

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for perplexing

perplexing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of perplexing

: difficult to understand

More from Merriam-Webster on perplexing

Nglish: Translation of perplexing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of perplexing for Arabic Speakers

Comments on perplexing

What made you want to look up perplexing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak slightingly about or to degrade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!