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

Other Words from baffling

bafflingly adverb
a bafflingly complex explanation

Examples of baffling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concept behind bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies is baffling to many raised on paying with credit cards and American greenbacks. Andy Peters, ajc, 12 Apr. 2022 This is one of the most baffling questions in the documentary. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 13 May 2022 That assessment is doubtless linked to CNN’s coverage of the Trump years, which was a flood-the-zone extravaganza that highlighted every baffling suggestion and eructation of the 45th president. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 In Jackson, Wyoming, a baffling 27 parking spots are provided per household, which is in part explained by the popularity of the city among tourists. Katharina Buchholz, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Selin Karadağ—the author’s literary alter-ego—strives to make sense of courses, cultures and a baffling relationship with a very tall, strange Hungarian math major. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Nothing’s better than climbing into a dreamy bed at the end of the day, but with so many options on the market, picking the perfect sleep products can be a baffling experience. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 Though there seems to be an endless list of skin concerns and irritations, there's nothing more baffling than waking up with mysterious unidentified red spots. Kelly Dougher, Allure, 10 May 2022 For a series that traffics in the unexplained, Billy may have been the biggest enigma of all — an unsettling and unapologetically musical oddity that never kept his baffling behavior hidden. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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20 Jul 2022

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“Baffling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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