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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Maybe the most baffling of all though, how did the FBI miss the fact that Brett Kavanaugh was part of a prolific teenage rape ring? Fox News, "High school friend of Kavanaugh reacts to new allegation; Alan Dershowitz on Kavanaugh chaos," 28 Sep. 2018 Which simply points to one of the most baffling aspects of the Trump presidency: the way the president’s addiction to controversy and his attraction to fights get in the way of his own best interests. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "How the President Steps on His Own Good News," 20 Aug. 2018 But the most baffling plot point on the show right now has nothing to do with any of this. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Is Riverdale So Thirsty This Season?," 31 Oct. 2018 Its baffling architecture—inspired, apparently, by early Soviet styles—is an eyesore, but this is where ordinary people do their daily shopping. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 And don’t @ me if these are all wrong, because the Recording Academy is a baffling voting body in itself. Matt Miller, Esquire, "This Is an Unusually Tough Year to Predict Grammy Winners," 12 Jan. 2018 Nelson: The ease with which Vegas has worked through the first two rounds is both baffling and exciting to watch. The Si Staff,, "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., "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,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of baffling

1783, in the meaning defined above

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