baf·​fling ˈba-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce baffling (audio)
: extremely confusing or difficult to understand
a baffling decision
found the directions utterly baffling
bafflingly adverb
a bafflingly complex explanation

Examples of baffling in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baffling was in 1783

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Cite this Entry

“Baffling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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