baffling

adjective
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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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 Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has yet to be found, but the group of international experts appeared on 60 Minutes Australia Sunday night with a theory that the baffling disappearance was actually a mass murder-suicide. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Experts Say Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Was Intentionally Crashed," 15 May 2018 Here are nine facts explaining what doctors know so far about this baffling disorder and which mysteries still need investigating. 1. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 In particular, anybody with even the slightest appreciation for science, logic, or sound research practices needs to brace their butts for how baffling The Meg turns out to be. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Meg film review: We’re going to need a stupider boat," 10 Aug. 2018 And the question is only becoming more baffling in the #MeToo era. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Who Pays on a Date? That’s Still a Complicated Question," 2 Sep. 2018 So the Cubs feel relatively safe believing the best is yet to come for Hendricks, a major part of a baffling rotation that holds the key to the second half of the season. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of baffling

1783, in the meaning defined above

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