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

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But the truth is, the multi-cultural influence of the design world means that its jargon is rife with words of many languages—many of which may seem baffling to pronounce. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Pronounce Hygge, Etagère, and More Design Words," 22 July 2019 But this year, in a baffling reversal, China has been cracking down on its own movies. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tightening Censorship Is Making a Bad Box Office Year Even Worse," 16 July 2019 That’s why the news that the film is being adapted into a musical starring Vanessa Hudgens (who has been called out for her silence regarding Sparks’ behaviour) is so baffling. Anne Cohen,, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019 Crassus’ decision to unite with these two men could seem baffling. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019 Then, in one of the most baffling draft sequences in recent memory, the Timberwolves took Ricky Rubio at No. 5 and Jonny Flynn at No. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 2019 Why anyone would choose to do it for fun remains a bit baffling. National Geographic, "The untold story of the daring cave divers who saved the Thai soccer team," 4 Mar. 2019 Now, decades later, a new species of traversable wormhole has emerged, free of exotic material and full of potential for helping physicists resolve a baffling paradox about black holes. Quanta Magazine, "Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes," 23 Oct. 2017 If the president wants to put the Russia investigation behind him, his baffling performance only raises more questions. Hal Boedeker,, "Trump has himself to blame for negative coverage," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of baffling

1783, in the meaning defined above

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