baf·​fling | \ ˈba-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce baffling (audio) \

Definition of baffling

: extremely confusing or difficult to understand a baffling decision found the directions utterly baffling

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Other Words from baffling

bafflingly adverb
a bafflingly complex explanation

Examples of baffling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though the mechanics might be baffling, the visual and aural dimensions are dazzling. Laine Yuhas, Wired, 4 June 2021 After all, Friedman has made signings or trades in the past that seemed baffling. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 The fact that DeRozan was allowed to work one-on-one against an undrafted rookie on a two-way contract in what was also an important game to New Orleans is somewhat baffling. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2021 At first glance, the robustness of house prices in the face of the economic turmoil inflicted by covid-19 might seem baffling: property prices typically move in tandem with the economy. The Economist, 3 Apr. 2021 Rather, complaints have centered on the way they were imposed, with official edicts viewed as capricious or baffling that critics say have failed to insulate the country from further economic harm. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Their departures followed a 90-minute meeting with representatives of Time’s Up, Color of Change and a contingent of the publicists’ group, characterized as baffling and unproductive by several participants. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Florida State finally looked like the team that had a chance to win the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championship before a baffling last-day loss at Notre Dame. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2021 As for what a patient with insurance pays out of pocket, Americans already know that the differences can be big and baffling. Charley Grant, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of baffling

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baffling was in 1783

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14 Jun 2021

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“Baffling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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