- Difficult to understand or explain; enigmatic or confusing; perplexing.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
- Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. […] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes. […] But withal there was a perceptible acumen about the man which was puzzling in the extreme.
difficult to understand or explain; enigmatic or confusing; perplexing
puzzling (plural puzzlings)
- Time spent pondering something confusing.