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

Examples of baffling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But no issue area was treated in a more baffling, and revealing, manner than health care. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Wrong Way to Grapple With a Public Health Crisis," 7 July 2020 What's baffling, then, is how much Bandai Namco and supporting developer M2 downplayed that association before now. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "We traced Namco’s “new” Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack," 4 July 2020 With the economy officially in the deepest recession in living memory, the stock market's ongoing rally can seem baffling. CNN, "Yes, we're in a recession. But the stock market's rally still makes perfect sense," 24 June 2020 For Americans of goodwill, the chaos and criminality transpiring in the name of George Floyd are absolutely baffling. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Mayhem Is the Message," 8 June 2020 What then unfolded was yet more baffling to the eye: a bend-and-snap backwards flip followed by twirls in which Oddly’s head seemed to move at a different rate than her body. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 Israel’s complicated internal political struggles may seem both baffling and counterproductive to American observers. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "The Hidden Consensus in the Israeli Election," 4 Mar. 2020 Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press The words, equal parts obscure and baffling, torment her to this day. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "Canceled Spelling Bee? Not if These Siblings Can Help It," 24 Apr. 2020 Cooking Mama, a wholesome videogame franchise about cooking with the Cooking Mama, is now, in 2020, a baffling rights nightmare. Julie Muncy, Wired, "PlayStation 5 Might Be Hard to Find at Launch," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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19 Jul 2020

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“Baffling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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