baffling

adjective
baf·fling | \ˈba-f(ə-)liŋ \

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

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Nelson: The ease with which Vegas has worked through the first two rounds is both baffling and exciting to watch. The Si Staff, SI.com, "NHL Mid-Playoffs Roundtable: Biggest Surprise, Conn Smythe Predictions, More," 11 May 2018 This only made Ronaldo’s inclusion in the team all the more baffling and, of course, conspiracy theories abounded. SI.com, "Ronaldo's 1998 Seizure & World Cup Final Appearance Remains One of Football's Greatest Mysteries," 1 June 2018 In general, the nominations do a good job cherry-picking performances across a wide, occasionally baffling range: Laura Dern, a winner last year for Big Little Lies, as a woman remembering childhood abuse on the HBO movie The Tale. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 Convention center, homeless, roads How the county election initiative got waylaid was confounding but the issue with the hotel-tax measure is downright baffling. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why San Diego's marquee initiatives might not make the ballot," 29 June 2018 Their baffling geometry can trick the human eye as well as a radar array. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Still, even when his national security team has been pursuing traditionally hawkish policies towards Moscow at a time of plunging relations, they've been overshadowed by President Trump's baffling praise for Putin. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 Bradley Emmens, a George Fox signee with an outstanding breaking ball, will join Mills in the rotation and should be equally baffling to hitters. OregonLive.com, "High school baseball, softball 2018: Top players, outlook, projected finish for every 6A team," 11 Apr. 2018 Being a stealth airplane means more than having the right shape and radar-baffling materials. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018

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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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