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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All of this makes the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ line of attack on the organization all the more baffling. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 But the separate four-page drink menu was downright baffling. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Hot and bothered at Black Rock in Fort Lauderdale, home of DIY steaks and mystery drink prices," 11 Sep. 2019 The feelings in this piece are ceremonial, baffling, inward looking and frighteningly stimulating. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Xiu Xiu's Summer of Pride Playlist for the 'Introverted & Unsocial'," 24 June 2019 That continues a trend that’s been going on for more than a decade as keepers battle mites, pesticides, climate change and a baffling phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. San Diego Union-Tribune en Español, "Nature takes its course: Bees flourish after heavy rains, keeping removal companies busy," 9 July 2019 But the truth is, the multi-cultural influence of the design world means that its jargon is rife with words of many languages—many of which may seem baffling to pronounce. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Pronounce Hygge, Etagère, and More Design Words," 22 July 2019 But this year, in a baffling reversal, China has been cracking down on its own movies. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tightening Censorship Is Making a Bad Box Office Year Even Worse," 16 July 2019 That’s why the news that the film is being adapted into a musical starring Vanessa Hudgens (who has been called out for her silence regarding Sparks’ behaviour) is so baffling. Anne Cohen,, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019 Crassus’ decision to unite with these two men could seem baffling. Andrea Frediani, National Geographic, "Money was not enough for Crassus, the richest man in Rome," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of baffling

1783, in the meaning defined above

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