Synonym of baffling

Alternative for baffling

Synonym: knotty, problematic, problematical, tough,

baffles, baffled, baffling

Synonym: bewilder, confound, mystify, perplex, puzzle,

Adjective

Intellectually hard to comprehend or resolve
inexplicable mysterious puzzling mystifying unfathomable incomprehensible perplexing impenetrable obscure cryptic enigmatic bewildering confusing abstruse unclear unaccountable opaque strange wildering unexplained weird bemusing elusive beyond one difficult to understand hard to understand really hard very hard over one's head ambiguous inscrutable complicated arcane complex deep difficult Delphic unintelligible esoteric recondite hard involved labyrinthine enigmatical oracular equivocal confounding paradoxical unknowable sibylline elliptical intricate dark convoluted secret occult mystic insoluble elliptic beyond comprehension double-edged hidden indecipherable murky odd nebulous unexplainable fuliginous unsolved fathomless clear as mud incognizable contradictory inconsistent oblique vague profound befuddling sphinxlike surprising peculiar uncanny illogical knotty Byzantine ungraspable concealed mystical inconceivable veiled cabalistic absurd impossible to understand incongruous secretive unsolvable disconcerting insolvable funny as clear as mud unresolved ironic disorienting bamboozling riddling unimaginable cabbalistic uncertain Greek obfuscated beyond one's grasp beats me doubtful uncomprehensible abstract clandestine coded hermetic hermetical out of your depth amazing unintuitive stunning astonishing eye-popping staggering thorny taxing misleading incalculable Daedalian stupefying Gordian astounding shadowy unresolvable unanswerable muddling beyond you two-edged indiscernible beyond understanding undiscoverable ticklish worrying mind-bending clouded shrouded cloaked full of surprises heavy mysterial ineffable blurring unsettling spiny cryptical irresolvable inextricable unconcluded muddlesome mistakable subtle apocryphal teasing stickling covert evasive Delphian stumping too deep improbable impossible uninterpretable without a solution unable to be solved illegible technical incredible indecisive little known inaccessible challenging dense indeterminate far-out Greek to me not easily understood clear as dishwater indefinite indistinct hazy foggy anomalous conflicting oxymoronic self-contradictory dubious hard to follow all Greek to someone too hard to understand double Dutch too difficult to understand above your head amphibological nubilous tenebrous purblind imperceptive all Greek to you curious bizarre queer unnatural stealthy unknown cagey subjective

Adjective

Unusual or out of the ordinary
strange unusual odd curious peculiar bizarre weird uncanny abnormal funny atypical anomalous unfamiliar extraordinary unexpected remarkable puzzling mystifying mysterious perplexing inexplicable queer uncommon irregular surreal deviant different aberrant freakish uncharacteristic suspicious unparalleled dubious questionable quaint unnatural anomalistic quirky unconventional rare eerie ridiculous scarce unorthodox untypical freak inconceivable ludicrous offbeat outlandish out of the ordinary wacky far-out incongruous outré spooky unaccountable creepy eccentric exceptional fishy freaky inscrutable kooky nonstandard oddball off-base off the wall out of line out of the way singular wild bizarro funky idiosyncratic off-centre off-color screwy uncustomary wacko way-out zany crazy erratic kinky kookie off-kilter off-the-wall out-of-the-way queerish spaced-out unheard of weirdo whacky like nothing on earth unco rum unique bewildering preposterous incomprehensible cranky unbelievable absurd unthinkable fantastic unfathomable unaccustomed left-field befuddling unwonted insoluble inexplainable enigmatic aberrated unexplainable unsolvable astonishing phenomenal fanciful unintelligible obscure whimsical nonsensical droll daggy insane surprising confusing shocking out there unimaginable dumfounding confounding foreign inane grotesque laughable unreal fantastical risible fatuous outrageous incredible impenetrable undefinable indescribable indecipherable foolish beyond comprehension senseless illogical abstruse farcical implausible exceeding especial extraordinaire stupefying outre harebrained preternatural dilly wildering beyond understanding mad dumbfounding unhinged demented unordinary amazing unforeseen flustering overwhelming muddling unannounced unanticipated jarring jolting hard to swallow intriguing radical out-there comical insolvable slang cockamamie prodigious loner cool avant-garde original asinine doubtful shady doubtable equivocal dodgy dubitable disputable suspect disquieting debatable shaky breaking new ground problematical problematic off-beat way out flakey touched unbalanced flaky irrational off the rails far-fetched lunatic unlikely disconcerting bugged out deranged stupid featherheaded maniacal portentous conspicuous shattering nonplusing discomfiting dismaying upsetting nonplussing arcane fluky astounding goofy silly impracticable mercurial staggering mystic unknowable unheard-of monstrous wackadoodle loony pointless idiotic nonconformist wackadoo infantile imbecilic unreasonable crazy-ass cock-eyed sensational unworkable puerile quixotic imprudent derisory dreamlike foolhardy balmy blindsiding flabbergasting irresponsible hare-brained devastating awful stunning startling unsettling unnerving dramatic ill-conceived beyond all reason short-sighted cockeyed bird-brained half-baked out of all reason inappropriate eye-opening jaw-dropping awe-inspiring mind-boggling mind-blowing beyond belief eye-popping nutty daft crackpot cuckoo looney far out daffy barmy dotty unsound extravagant batty crackbrained capricious unwise impractical brainless dippy screwball nuts cracked unrealistic visionary romantic crazed psychotic potty bonkers mental gaga whacko psycho out in left field brainsick crackers meshugge bughouse fruity certifiable moonstruck loco fabulous bedlam scatty haywire imaginary wud meshuga bats imaginative off-center looney tunes loony tunes illusory non compos mentis simpleminded witless lunkheaded bubbleheaded maniac weak-minded half-witted chimerical improbable exotic make-believe inept jerky sappy quizzical mindless raving out of this world in left field wondrous out to lunch off your head around the bend mythical utopian loopy perverse fictitious confused made-up fool tomfool Bohemian phantasmal phantasmic madcap wonderful spectacular stupendous dreamy disordered unpredictable innovative beat alternative bohemian characteristic bent chimeric frenzied berserk distraught off the air wrong mad as a hatter off one's gourd out of one's mind creative idealistic marvelous ideal illusive hallucinatory fancy unfounded unthinking pretend invented fantasied phantom fictional notional mythic imagined imaginal grandiose extreme unfeasible vain injudicious unreasoning suppositious faulty awesome breathtaking unjustifiable nonrational legendary gonzo meaningless incoherent esoteric impossible groundless individual non-viable starry-eyed delirious unscientific experimental untenable poetic arbitrary fresh floating fairy-tale special marvellous cockamamy psychopathic unstable rummy rabid schizophrenic blue sky distracted derailed unsettled paranoid changeable raging off nutty as a fruitcake off your rocker not all there of unsound mind crazy as a loon off beam mentally ill out of touch with reality stark raving mad sick in the head on cloud nine oddish delusive ornate perverted progressive advanced distinctive disturbed novel sectionable kookish warped manic old-fashioned Gothic gothic baroque hilarious untraditional depraved moronic uncontrolled derisive derisible chance eccentrical inconsistent pathetic romanesque glamourous glamorous demoniac excentrical unhealthy twisted hippy bananas out of the common humorous wayward very unconventional boho avant garde extremely foolish full of holes stupidly irresponsible off the beaten track vagarious malformed teratoid fitful divine splendid superb terrific glorious unsavoury sick degenerated corrupt pervy sadistic degenerate masochistic deviating chaotic expressive unsafe individualistic disorganized licentious deviative sicko immoral rattlebrained empty-headed unsteady rash heedless reckless careless topsy-turvy illegitimate invalid inconsequent inconsequential baseless fallacious weak weird and wonderful groundbreaking tangled shambolic funny peculiar notable striking momentous miraculous crinkly twisty unsavory specious reasonless disconnected sophistic disjointed inspired artistic inventive originative flighty moonstricken rad deep hippie ultramodern contemporary groovy mod modern modernistic unforgettable eye-catching arresting nonfunctional disarranged porangi wonky broken fuddled berko dazed optimistic high-flown idyllic exaggerated idealist hopeful noteworthy unworldly theoretical perfectionist delusory artful brilliant fertile ingenious genius keen amusing clownish comic unprecedented serious tremendous in another world in a daze disorganised orderless amiss defective out of control unglued amok mixed up flipped schizo messy innovational vivid revolutionary astute unreasoned amazeballs unpractical quixotical idealized idealised flawed heavy flash gnarly forby head in the clouds blue-sky Promethean not functioning properly out of order unknown naive gone nonrealistic reachy ivory-tower incorrect starry never to be forgotten contradictory out of commission on the fritz in pieces up the spout off beaten path barbarous awkward Panglossian Micawberish alien out of whack in a mess on the blink not applicable not sensible acting crazy ivory-towered ill-thought-out not well thought out without foundation without basis not making sense head-in-the-clouds fancied unconvincing incredulous unachievable unattainable tall unconceivable misleading ambitious uncompelling artificial unobtainable hopeless unviable shadowy aerial fairy tale fictive forlorn undoable insurmountable unrealizable insuperable irresoluble out of sight cock-and-bull cock and bull hard to take pipe dream paradoxical irresolvable pie in the sky castles in the air impervious inaccessible useless inexecutable impassable infeasible futile irrealizable not to be thought of not on not possible out of the question no-way not a prayer not worth considering beyond one hardly possible no-go like herding cats too much beyond the bounds of possibility beyond you hundred-to-one contrary to reason

Adjective

Detailed and complicated in design and planning, involving many carefully arranged elements
knotty complex complicated intricate difficult hard involved convoluted tangled thorny tricky troublesome awkward mystifying perplexing Byzantine involute problematic puzzling taxing tortuous baroque byzantine complicate daedal elaborate insoluble labyrinthian labyrinthine obscure sophisticated unanswerable unfathomable impenetrable involuted problematical effortful formidable Gordian mazy ramified reticular terrible uphill bewildering confusing ticklish tough entangled Daedalian hairy spiny delicate sticky prickly sensitive serpentine dodgy touchy catchy nasty tricksy confused abstruse trying detailed fiddly irksome bothersome fancy inextricable undecipherable enigmatic challenging cryptic inscrutable worrying recondite vexatious controversial concerning incomprehensible confounding difficult to understand full of twists and turns vexed nettlesome winding paradoxical impossible cumbersome drawn-out long-drawn-out interlaced dense jumbled knotted mixed arduous Daedalean hi-tech gnarly mind-bending upsetting unpleasant harassing mazelike severe frustrating bemusing labyrinthial labyrinthical labyrinthal labyrinthiform labyrinthic pointed echinated briery annoying stimulating like herding cats fiendish plotty long-winded insolvable serious daunting operose strenuous demanding problem kittle messy devilish very devil of a devil of a thorough intractable particularized painstaking ravelled sinuous twisted circuitous extensive full particular studied ornate unintelligible abstract unclear multifaceted multifarious variegated rococo heterogeneous nuanced muddled laboured exact precise perfected careful minute raveled ambiguous mind-boggling hard to solve inexplicable profound vexing beyond comprehension deep rambling beyond one's grasp advanced esoteric enigmatical unsolvable hard to explain above your head mysterious hazy mystical thought-provoking opaque over one's head fathomless skillful prodigious labored circumstantial skilful imposing gingerbread maze-like high-tech overworked particularised refined many-faceted overdone mixed up can of worms highly wrought high tech blow-by-blow precarious dicey uncertain dangerous risky chancy hazardous perilous unsafe touch-and-go parlous critical unstable iffy rocky treacherous uncomfortable unpredictable embarrassing distressing insecure unsteady grievous fraught with danger unsound disturbing unsure dubious unreliable grave shaky worrisome dark unsettled rough unhealthy high-risk troubled undependable onerous forbidding grim touch and go harrowing exposed threatening vulnerable emotive punishing volatile awful loaded nerve-racking desperate jeopardizing menacing scary capricious painful wicked troubling terrifying erratic rugged dynamite tormenting jeopardising tight dire bleak perturbing at risk unsettling alarming compromising humiliating on thin ice disquieting niggling dismaying traumatic disagreeable cringeworthy harrying unfriendly spartan hostile bitter suspect questionable cringey stressful contentious unchancy cringe-making full of problems doubtful beset by problems slippery anxious-making nerve-wracking speculative venturesome discomforting shonky laborious heavy in danger extreme excruciating in jeopardy not easy Russian roulette playing with fire built on sand chaotic uneasy jeopardous tender provocative subtle heated divisive scandalous fluctuant barro afflicted nice kid-glove up and down searching penetrating incalculable quirky trouble disconcerting temperamental mercurial changeable inconstant fickle variable hair-trigger flustering discomfiting demeaning degrading inconvenient embarrassed untimely discomposing discountenancing bristly barbed death-defying shameful incommodious exasperating briary thistly brambly toe-curling sharp spiculate pronged bristled spiniferous spicular spiky aculeate spinous spiked scratchy wobbly setaceous jaggy muricate pointy barbellate spinose hanging by a thread on a slippery slope hanging in the balance out on a limb grueling testing rigorous harsh fatiguing backbreaking exacting gruelling exhausting killer hellish easier said than done high-impact slavish torturesome wearying weighty toilful drudgy back-breaking tiresome tall upstream vicious cruel vigorous agonizing unnerving wearing crippling high-pressure really hard tough going burdensome fierce intimidating titanic mighty unbearable unforgiving galling ambitious jarring intense worksome distressful tiring savage scabrous toilsome depleting uphill battle moiling agonising unendurable killing shattering knackering hard-won backbreaker intolerable sweaty tedious immense no picnic energy-consuming marathon difficile brutal unsparing sapping prohibitive unremitting draining oppressive Herculean ominous insufferable bruising merciless ponderous gargantuan staggering torturous colossal crushing unyielding herculean debilitating like getting blood out of a stone solemn very hard ferocious almighty grinding gigantic wearisome

Adjective

Tending to cause discomfort, uneasiness or alarm
disconcerting disturbing alarming awkward embarrassing upsetting confusing bewildering distracting perplexing bothersome discomfiting off-putting unsettling concerning dismaying flustering perturbing troubling uncomfortable unnerving worrying anxious-making distressing unpleasant agitating troublesome disagreeable trying discomposing irritating worrisome annoying provoking inconvenient difficult discommoding wearisome aggravating irksome nagging vexing tiresome disquieting harassing painful discomforting distressful burdensome exasperating vexatious nerve-racking discouraging creepy uneasy intrusive disruptive frightening startling severe ominous gloomy onerous sinister foreboding depressing hard nasty galling displeasing troublous tense toilsome laborious threatening impeding consequential hairy humiliating fraught pessimistic maddening tricky pesky frustrating antagonizing antagonising pestiferous pestilent cringeworthy cringey infuriating riling chafing pestilential rebarbative rankling nettlesome peeving plaguy restless nervous grating niggling carking pesty nettling plaguey abrasive anxious uncertain prophetic incommodious cringe-making nail-biting nerve-wracking compromising sensitive delicate shameful demeaning degrading discountenancing boring tedious teasing bothering toe-curling thorny sticky excruciating unwelcome bedevilling confronting infernal agonizing unamusing confounded unpleasing cussed harrowing punchable agonising enraging harrying uncongenial jarring wearing bedeviling enough to try the patience of a saint enough to drive you up the wall tormenting hurtful shocking disappointing devastating distractive disrupting diverting diversionary ticklish embarrassed dicey untimely problematical problematic dodgy gnarly knotty gut-wrenching charged tickly bitter torturous prickly rough dolorous bumpy mortifying shaming itchy distressed afflictive grievous scratchy causing discomfort ill-fitting touchy ignominious barro disgraceful discreditable dishonouring blush-making dishonoring unpropitious equivocal inopportune impossible rattling discommodious puzzling unseemly

Adjective

Causing emotion, excitement, and enthusiasm
mind-boggling exciting stimulating stirring thrilling rousing exhilarating electrifying inspiring intoxicating breathtaking galvanising galvanizing charged exhilarative electric galvanic kicky amazing astonishing wonderful overwhelming stunning challenging spectacular startling stupendous complex complicated confusing difficult puzzling staggering surprising mind-blowing heart-stopping hair-raising mind-bending rip-roaring eye-opening moving dramatic invigorating envigorating heady emotional lively eye-popping gripping animating fascinating inspiriting incredible sensational wondrous awesome spirited astounding awe-inspiring spine-tingling inspirational captivating enlivening energizing riveting stem-winding anthemic dynamic energetic energising enthralling magnificent enchanting arousing jaw-dropping striking impressive emotive impassioned animated passionate provocative refreshing emotion-charged soul-stirring shocking provoking motivating stimulative remarkable miraculous marvelous marvellous fabulous out of this world action-packed uplifting vigorous exhilarant sexy powerful thought-provoking exalting enthusiastic hearty explosive encouraging unbelievable knife-edge mind-altering cliffhanging awakening prodigious fantastical wild brilliant fantastic dazzling intense memorable beautiful empyreal unique sensorial amazeballs bewitching heart-stirring glorious galvanical inflammatory agitational brisk heartrending heartbreaking strong imbued suffused fraught laden loaded full saturated pervaded permeated filled potent vitalizing compelling elating hallucinogenic compulsive suspenseful stupefying inconceivable hallucinatory psychedelic nerve-racking edge-of-the-seat adrenaline-charged motivational affecting heartening bracing revitalizing cheering gladdening splendid outstanding eye-catching grand never to be forgotten gee-whizz unforgettable picturesque arresting persuasive impactful ripping adrenaline-fueled boisterous rollicking riotous uproarious vibrant influential triggering instigating inciting meaningful piquing affective poignant touching instigative impelling intriguing interesting sparkling entertaining giddy revitalising quickening animative tonic elevating exhilaratory piquant tense adrenalizing exalté appealing hectic titillating extraordinary giving one food for thought jolting far-out resplendent like a dream come true blissful unimaginable fabled beguiling splendorous heavenly sublime out of the ordinary ethereal special divine unheard-of charming portentous majestic far out tremendous enlightening fairy-tale fairytale-like dream-filled magical volatile buzzy adrenalized power-driven magnetic AC plug-in DC juiced motor-driven absorbing electrical electronic rechargeable battery operated theatrical shaking trembling some blinding theatric awe-striking shivering quaking vibrating shuddering frantic blood-tingling exquisite swinging delightful fab large boss mad zero cool

Verb

Present participle for to confound or perplex someone
puzzling bewildering confusing perplexing confounding mystifying beating flummoxing bemusing disconcerting stumping buffaloing discombobulating fazing foxing gravelling graveling nonplussing throwing amazing flooring mazing posing addling astounding bamboozling befogging befuddling disorienting eluding fogging fuddling getting muddling muddying vexing wildering dumbfounding obfuscating dazing embarrassing rattling setting someone thinking sticking stunning mixing up boggling the mind of making someone scratch their head causing to be at a stand stupefying flustering distracting flabbergasting astonishing staggering surprising discomposing unsettling taking aback frustrating throwing off balance perturbing discomfiting upsetting ruffling unnerving shaking dismaying disorientating overwhelming blowing your mind startling going to your head shaking up disturbing putting off throwing off defeating catching off balance thwarting abashing stymieing worrying agitating bringing up short bothering foiling bowling over psyching out putting someone off their stroke shocking troubling discountenancing getting to disquieting clouding escaping defying bedeviling bedevilling blurring flurrying discouraging taking by surprise balking deterring snowing unbalancing making punchy intoxicating inebriating baulking demoralizing mortifying stopping someone in their tracks striking dumb knocking sideways blowing away daunting knocking for six paralysing demoralising balling up alarming paralyzing putting out of countenance knocking the stuffing out of muddying the waters messing with one's head putting someone off their stride dizzying making your head spin setting someone back on their heels putting into a flap causing someone to lose their composure throwing into a tizz unhinging obscuring sticking it to deranging beclouding dulling snookering confusticating outwitting confuscating making unclear stopping mooning daydreaming humiliating shaming chagrining dislocating leaving aghast leaving open-mouthed harassing putting down knocking out getting at putting at a loss gathering wool undoing rocking affecting disheartening dumfounding exercising throwing for loop overpowering thunderstriking dispiriting boggling the mind surprizing involving besetting thickening tangling complicating overcoming devastating screwing up jumbling entangling encumbering causing to lose your bearings dazzling disarranging bugging hindering dejecting filling with wonder filling with amazement mucking raveling boggling ravelling stumbling conquering numbing benumbing making nervous distressing challenging surpassing fouling up petrifying disordering hitting like a ton of bricks consternating mixing you up catching unawares upsetting the applecart panicking sapping snarling up intimidating chilling chillin exceeding repelling withstanding awing aweing cowing overawing unmanning pouring cold water on throwing cold water on frightening subduing scaring browbeating terrorizing terrifying making anxious bullying making uneasy beggaring destabilizing jolting destabilising blinding terrorising pulling the rug from under pulling the rug out from under appalling concerning discomforting annoying irking frazzling alaruming distempering fussing ailing hagriding derailing irritating freaking out weirding out horrifying provoking spooking fretting afflicting tormenting displeasing plaguing hassling pestering galling depressing stirring up peeving needling burning up crushing grieving exasperating nettling saddening aggravating affrighting piquing angering making uncomfortable exciting riling narking oppressing hurting putting out paining working up agonizing hacking off gnawing at agonising making waves giving a turn outraging giving a hard time knocking for a loop sickening taking your breath away taking the wind out of your sails wounding torturing offending miffing disappointing crazing frighting pothering chafing scarifying jarring nagging aggrieving niggling electrifying straining rendering speechless picking on weighing down putting the wind up scaring to death springing on throwing a curve discommoding disgracing humbling disrupting insulting bulldozing rattling one's cage moving spiting persecuting demeaning badgering disgruntling chastening burdening harrying stressing deflating letting down dissing trying giving someone grief ridiculing bumming out casting down ticking off throwing into a tizzy scaring the bejesus out of taking down haunting hurrying bustling disgusting scandalizing undermining unstringing grating weakening affronting traumatizing eating frosting rasping itching griping disillusioning making self-conscious inflaming enfeebling rousing shattering dissatisfying frenzying riding enervating turning dementing flipping abrading teasing throwing into tizzy disenchanting dashing arousing harrowing winding up discrediting dishonouring owning making fretful getting across interrupting tricking impressing antagonizing egging on disorganizing showing up indisposing dishonoring beleaguering turning on debilitating traumatising scandalising abasing stiffing bringing down racking antagonising stinging hounding injuring disobliging making a scene snubbing eating away at causing anxiety to flipping out trapping degrading belittling pushing buttons striking terror into scaring away lying heavy on bringing low giving a bad time putting on the spot causing anguish to giving offence to causing anxiety scaring stiff scaring off knocking over making miserable making wretched curdling the blood weighing on hurting somebody's feelings making teeth chatter grossing out rankling with cutting to the quick chilling to the bone putting one away making jump giving a shock making one's blood run cold making one's hair stand on end shooting down knocking over with feather making someone jump out of their skin wrong-footing causing concern to catching out cutting down to size taking down a peg scaring the living daylights out of causing discomfort to taking down a peg or two driving up the wall heating inciting putting on edge preoccupying incommoding striking touching worsting stimulating despairing unquieting excoriating goading gobsmacking disarraying rummaging downing displacing interfering tiring intruding causing disquiet to snafuing disarming making restless galvanizing fermenting fearing stewing sweating sending into a spin revolting galvanising examining ventilating throwing into confusion lousing up filling with consternation messing up mucking up nauseating causing wonder striking with awe making someone's hair stand on end scaring silly grinding knocking props out getting in the way causing to panic uncalming blinding someone with something imposing upon burning roiling putting away making speechless anguishing cursing throwing into uproar throwing into disorder possessing throwing a curveball springing getting on one's nerves bugging up making flip throwing for a loop hacking you off preying on your mind weighing heavily on slighting setting back dogging pushing strapping tantalising desolating martyring pricking breaking tantalizing nit-picking throwing into panic making awkward making ashamed tripping up stirring inconveniencing niggling at nagging at causing suffering to giving someone a jolt giving someone a fright scaring witless devitalizing doing a number on arousing anxiety in eating at making it tough for cutting up taunting squashing filling with fear freezing your blood embittering disrespecting disempowering locoing getting the wind up throwing into a panic giving someone goose pimples baiting jeering hanging up dashing the hopes of shattering the illusions of dampening the spirits of dashing hopes incapacitating cramping disparaging damping snarling crippling unglueing unzipping dampening ungluing making one's flesh creep scaring someone out of their wits putting the fear of God into giving one the creeps giving someone the heebie-jeebies scaring the pants off throwing into a blue funk throwing into a fright chilling to the marrow scaring someone half to death slurring zinging furbelowing blustering wearing frilling catching one short hectoring dampening spirits breaking one's heart flattening barracking booing firing up dragging down making blue putting a damper on putting into a funk breaking the heart of blackjacking making a monkey of putting in a spot putting in a hole keying up laying up getting someone dragooning taking the wind out making someone eat humble pie getting one's comeuppance putting to shame shouting down debasing taking apart blowing up taking steam out sending up blowing out rocking the boat bullyragging raising someone's eyebrows rubbing up the wrong way putting your back up giving offence putting someone's nose out of joint causing offense turning off treading on someone's toes getting your goat cheapening debunking destroying quashing hitting like ton of bricks completely surprising shaking out of your complacency hissing hazing bogarting fouling smearing lowering reproaching railroading maddening defiling sinking blotting gibing chivying tyrannizing fluttering getting on your wick putting someone in their place giving a black eye making someone feel ashamed making someone eat crow letting wind out of sails knocking down puncturing balloon letting down easy hustling bludgeoning cracking quickening jibing at shouting at heckling shouting catcalls at butting in making game of tyrannising making insane driving mad strong-arming mau-mauing leaning on pushing around outsmarting exposing turning on the heat outfoxing playing tripping scaring the daylights out of catching on the hop

Verb

Present participle for to frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
frustrating foiling thwarting checking hindering balking blocking obstructing baulking beating checkmating defeating discomfiting preventing upsetting barring deflecting diverting circumventing dashing disappointing impeding ruining hampering stopping stymieing cramping curbing inhibiting holding up forestalling restraining trammelling trammeling scuppering scotching fettering snookering holding back handicapping interfering with crimping halting hobbling derailing countering hamstringing hanging up outwitting cumbering crippling encumbering clogging bilking delaying cramping one's style arresting putting a stop to shackling putting the kibosh on retarding fouling up spoiling manacling upsetting the applecart embarrassing hog-tying short-circuiting handcuffing tying up getting in the way opposing throwing a spanner in the works of throwing a monkey wrench in the works of nobbling doing for crabbing restricting putting paid to standing in the way of slowing down nipping in the bud nullifying neutralizing counteracting neutralising screwing up lousing up putting the mockers on giving the slip putting a spoke in someone's wheel setting back smashing entangling avoiding undoing eluding confounding stalling dodging crossing rooting stumping ducking disconcerting obviating constraining putting the stopper on prohibiting deterring taking down rattling debarring interrupting putting a brake on interfering borking getting in the way of throwing a spanner in the works binding overcoming quashing stifling overturning negating queering conquering sidestepping canceling annulling cancelling snafuing escaping shunning evading precluding confusing traversing braking eschewing disrupting chilling chillin cornering shaking skirting heading off forbidding playing off cooking someone's goose contravening slowing curtailing taking wind out of ditching fazing repressing messing up giving the run around inconveniencing throwing monkey wrench in shaking off damming stonewalling choking closing off chaining shutting down shutting off shutting out choking off steering clear of cutting off dragging your feet giving a hard time holding off countermoving worsting offsetting bucking throwing vanquishing gaining triumphing throwing a curve bridling freezing puzzling saddling with weighing down debilitating tying leashing tiing one's hands mystifying scuttling invalidating nonplussing squashing repelling suppressing repulsing parrying flummoxing putting a damper on putting the damper on averting dishing promoting skipping juking buffaloing bollixing counterplotting blanking burying pigeonholing shelving putting on back burner putting on hold throwing a monkey wrench into hanging fire dead-ending pouring cold water on throwing cold water on bottlenecking blighting burdening muzzling shuffling off dampening beating down getting the better of taking wind out of sails putting end to causing setback resisting clouding running circles around running rings around giving the run-around boxing in throwing a spoke in the wheel of halting in its tracks throwing a monkey wrench in the works ruling out crushing confronting wreaking havoc with warding off putting an end to staving off fending off anticipating warding corking keeping off turning aside defending against staving limiting cooling interdicting intercepting keeping at bay forfending keeping lid on decelerating banjaxing licking detaining postponing bypassing putting the lid on deferring dashing one's hope missing slowing up putting back keeping back slackening disturbing affecting suspending remitting staying influencing tampering discommoding incommoding jamming intermitting troubling conflicting rendering null and void downing faltering miring bringing to screeching halt hesitating lessening dawdling reducing retardating bogging down loitering letting up poking bogging flagging backing off decreasing loafing cheating losing shirking finessing scaping shucking slipping through the net of breaking away from sneaking away weaseling out of getting away from shuffling out of shying flying escaping the clutches of leaving behind running away from escaping from giving a wide berth slipping out keeping your distance weaselling out of leading on a merry chase staying away from giving the runaround getting around fleeing skinning stultifying taking the wind out of your sails confining holding controlling straitening regulating keeping smothering hemming in circumscribing holding down constricting delimiting saddling tying down reining in loading containing charging lumbering bottling up lading withholding moderating governing weighting catching sabotaging freighting taming pulling in subduing keeping within bounds stilling disadvantaging gagging squelching pausing overloading entrammelling entrammeling capping tethering bounding reining killing demarcating taxing stemming landing measuring ruling drawing up choking back fixing keeping in check defining putting off pulling up terminating fetching up putting an stop to demarking holding in making late shutting in keeping under control impairing overwhelming discontinuing throttling sandbagging straining overburdening quelching discouraging swallowing muffling obscuring securing oppressing strangling garrotting stunting damping down bitting bringing up damping imprisoning stamping out tying someone's hands setting limits on imposing limits on keeping waiting tempering imposing putting at a disadvantage gaoling jailing keeping in clipping someone's wings enclosing surrounding inflicting bringing to a standstill diminishing specifying placing at a disadvantage locking up encircling qualifying stemming the flow of holding in check imposing on delimitating prelimiting marking off putting away pinning down keeping the lid on keeping within limits girdling keeping a tight rein on straitjacketing ending dissuading from withstanding bothering enmeshing ensnaring capturing netting snagging causing to wait causing to stay acting against sidelining holding captive entrapping fastening making difficult preventing from making progress putting straitjacket on protracting giving disadvantage taking out cutting short constipating thrusting proroguing pegging fighting back staunching putting a crimp in keeping within the limits of prolonging corking up getting bogged down rebuffing scrubbing bracing dropping sidetracking setting prescribing putting out of commission forefending picking off sinking extinguishing silencing submerging deadening destroying pocketing screening standing in the way placing a limit on drawing the line on complicating slackening pace keeping a lid on biting back making impossible bringing an end to piling playing for time dissuading knocking off standing fencing muting quelling overpowering quenching taking out of play putting the brakes on holding off on yoking tasking putting a lead on hitching up putting a leash on holding over harnessing tabooing enjoining outlawing shushing lagging abating wronging bringing to an end monkeying with snowing delineating impounding directing reining back guiding hogtying hogtieing embogging quieting reefing procrastinating helping pre-empting saving letting making heavy dumping on bearing down on snowing under encompassing environing coming to a standstill putting on brakes treating harshly scaring disadvising petering out not moving standing off cutting down cutting back letting down flaps winding down losing steam anchoring it losing speed putting the brakes on hitting the brakes cracking down keeping down sitting on pulling back boxing up worrying telling against treating unfavourably inflicting a handicap on doing a disservice to putting in an unfavourable position treating unfairly giving a disadvantage to thrusting something on unloading on fobbing something off on to inflicting something on having on a tight leash bringing under control keeping in line pinioning gyving enfettering enchaining weighing marking out nailing down outlining turning off chaining up clapping cuffing acting like a wet blanket talking out of imposing upon incarcerating interning putting in irons clapping in irons rationing putting in chains necessitating concussing fencing in disallowing closing in depriving locking in banning denying shotgunning immuring cooping up narrowing contracting inclosing shortening modifying shrinking vitiating damaging cooling off putting a ceiling on putting on ice cooling down coming down on cutting down on sending up weakening enfeebling marring hurting paralysing harming putting half nelson on bankrupting bloodying compromising blemishing flawing endamaging injuring paralyzing crossing up raining on someone's parade

Antonym of baffling

baffling Idiom, Proverb

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