From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishconfusingcon‧fus‧ing /kənˈfjuːzɪŋ/ ●●● S3 adjective CONFUSEDunclear and difficult to understand The instructions were really confusing. It was a very confusing situation. —confusingly adverbTHESAURUSconfusing unclear and difficult to understanda confusing messageThe road signs were very confusing and we ended up getting lost.puzzling (also perplexing formal) confusing, especially because something is different from what you expectJan's decision not to take part in the race was very puzzling.It was the trivial details which he found so perplexing.baffling extremely difficult to understand even though you have tried for a long timePolice are close to solving one of Australia's most baffling murder cases.The failure was baffling, given the success of his previous businesses.bewildering very confusing, especially because something is strange or new, or because there are a lot of different thingsBrain diseases can cause many bewildering changes in a person's emotions and behaviour.There is a bewildering number of mobile phone deals on offer.
Examples from the Corpusconfusing• French wine labels can be very confusing.• I found some of the questions really confusing.• The road signs were very confusing and we ended up getting lost.• The situation is confusing, but there is an interesting history behind it.• The kidnappers issued a series of confusing demands.• This was an exciting but confusing discovery.• The procedure can be a little confusing for beginners.• Cricket can be a pretty confusing game for non-players.• I found the book really confusing. I kept forgetting who the characters were.• There was a split second of confusing movement.• Residents face confusing pricing and poor customer service from many local phone companies.• How can human beings in normal conversation makes sense of 5,000 words an hour of confusing, semi-organized information?• Life's confusing sometimes, you know.