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 The Documentary branch of the Academy continues to make baffling decisions. Brian Tallerico, Rolling Stone, "Oscars 2021: Delroy Lindo, Regina King and Other Biggest Nomination Snubs," 15 Mar. 2021 Cleveland, which entered the game ranked 29th in turnovers, committed a staggering 19 of them during a sloppy first half dotted with baffling decisions, lazy passes and silly mistakes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers can’t finish, lose to Indiana Pacers 114-111 in final game before All-Star break," 3 Mar. 2021 Some of the nominees are inspired — the love for Lovecraft Country is much appreciated — while others are a bit more baffling. Sabienna Bowman,, "13 Golden Globe Nominated TV Shows That You Need To Stream Right This Second," 28 Feb. 2021 For some, the question of why a person would need to be incentivized to accept a vaccine that has the potential to save lives is both baffling and unanswerable. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Free food? Free weed? Cash? What would it take for you to get the COVID vaccine?," 25 Feb. 2021 This was the most fun and the least baffling Grammy ceremony in many years. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "The Grammys Would Be Wise to Get Out of Its Own Way More Often," 15 Mar. 2021 The condition affects an uncertain number of survivors in a baffling variety of ways. Lindsey Tanner, Chron, "Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery," 14 Mar. 2021 The case has attracted nationwide attention, and journalism advocates have depicted Polk County Attorney John Sarcone’s decision to prosecute Sahouri as a baffling assault on press freedom. Washington Post, "Iowa reporter acquitted in a trial that shocked press freedom advocates," 10 Mar. 2021 The chance to grab Lauri Markkanen with the No.7 overall pick was the big splash for the Bulls — along with a baffling pick swap. Jamal Collier,, "Zach LaVine defied the odds to make the 2021 All-Star Game. What’s the ceiling for the Chicago Bulls’ franchise player?," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Baffling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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