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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bafflingly adverb
a bafflingly complex explanation

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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,, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018 Thursday produced another baffling market response for those who think Fed bond buying should make yields go down. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "How the Fed Showed It Had the Market’s Back," 10 Jan. 2019 Perhaps, part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life's baffling paradoxes such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message Reflects on the Royal Family's 'Busy Year'," 25 Dec. 2018 That, if anything, makes their continued focus on US education more baffling. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Watch the full, baffling, video for yourself, below: Naturally, this is causing quite a stir online, with many people accusing Gale of fat shaming people who eat at In-N-Out Burger. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Victoria's Secret Model Is Being Accused of Fat Shaming for Exercising at an In-N-Out Burger," 17 Dec. 2018 And as the story narrows to its fundamental antagonist / protagonist face-off, the protagonist keeps making baffling choices. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films," 24 Aug. 2018 That's not a bad thing in moderation; some prior seasons went a little overboard with the intricate plotting, multiple timelines, and resulting, baffling paradoxes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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