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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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 Almost every day, newspapers across the country reported a new twist or piece of baffling information emerging in the murder investigation — twists like Bacon’s encrypted diary that Keller gave to the police. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 Together, Casey and Shinyashiki have begun to erase one of the more head-scratching moves during the often-baffling tenure of general manager Padraig Smith. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: How the Rapids ended a soccer nightmare by finding treasure in their own backyard," 5 June 2019 Thanks in part to such baffling choices, Black Mirror doesn’t feel more realistic just because the times have caught up with it. Judy Berman, Time, "Black Mirror Used to Be a Terrifying Vision of the Future. Season 5 Is Just Silly," 5 June 2019 In the midst of this seismic swarm, a strange low-frequency rumble rippled around the world, ringing sensors nearly 11,000 miles away—and baffling scientists. National Geographic, "Strange waves rippled around Earth. Now we may know why.," 21 May 2019 Nevertheless, their anxiety is causing some baffling workplace behaviors—such as ghosting the boss. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work," 9 May 2019 Intel made the baffling decision to limit Optane Memory compatibility to systems configured with pricier Core processors. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's Optane Memory finally supports Celeron and Pentium budget PCs that need the most boost," 1 Apr. 2019 In an old church yard in Perthshire, Scotland lives a 5,000-year-old Fortingall Yew that's baffling scientists. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This 5,000-Year-Old Scottish Tree Is Switching Its Sex," 9 Nov. 2015

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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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