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[kuh n-fyoo-zing] /kənˈfyu zɪŋ/
causing or tending to cause confusion:
a confusing attempt at explanation.
Origin of confusing
First recorded in 1840-50; confuse + -ing2
Related forms
confusingly, adverb
confusingness, noun
unconfusing, adjective Unabridged
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  • But her wing had flicked him across the eyes, confusingly, and he missed her.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Moral codes have been immensely and confusingly diversified.

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  • They are misunderstood because they are variously and confusingly presented.

  • The caves where the two hundred or so Zervs had hidden for so long were quite numerous and confusingly branched.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • He has awakened attention and directed it upon a theme and story, yet left it tantalizingly but not confusingly incomplete.

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British Dictionary definitions for confusingly


causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling
Derived Forms
confusingly, adverb
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