View synonyms for ˈbaffling


/ ˈbæflɪŋ /


  1. impossible to understand; perplexing; bewildering; puzzling

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbafflingly, adverb

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Example Sentences

How Ragsdale can live with all this day-in-day-out intensity from strangers is baffling.

Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”

This is the baffling, awkward dichotomy that is MTV in 2014.

When he chooses to cap a climactic chase seen with yet another baffling fall, we feel cheated.

They have also been baffling, alternating between high hope and disappointment.

At eight o'clock the wind fell to a calm and was afterwards baffling and light from north to east and south-east.

During one year I succeeded in baffling all the activity of the French police, and of our own spies.

An indecisive action took place in which, owing to baffling calms, only the British van was engaged.

Brazzier was a man of tigerish temper, and he became infuriated in a few seconds at this repeated baffling of his purpose.

Thus was lost almost his last chance of retaining his crown, and baffling the designs of his enemies.


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What does baffling mean?

Baffling means impossible to understand or figure out. It’s used to describe someone or something that baffles—confuses, bewilders, perplexes, or confounds.

The word usually describes someone or something that results in enough confusion to cause someone to come to standstill. Something that’s baffling stumps you or makes you completely bewildered.

A difficult riddle or confusing instructions can be described as baffling. People’s strange behavior might be baffling to you. The term is often used in the context of experts or scientists who are baffled by a baffling new discovery—one they can’t figure out or comprehend.

Example: This door baffles me! I can never figure out how to get it unlocked.

Where does baffling come from?

The first records of the word baffling as an adjective come from around the 1700s. It comes from the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb baffle. The origin of baffle isn’t certain, but it may derive from the Scottish bauchle, meaning “to disgrace or treat with contempt.” It may also be related to the French verb bafouer, meaning “to disgrace.”

Things that are baffling to you might make you feel silly for not being able to understand them or figure them out. However, most things that are truly baffling are baffling to most people—they’re so confusing or complex that almost no one can figure them out. Things that are baffling leave you with more questions than answers.

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What are some other forms related to baffling?

  • bafflingly (adverb)
  • baffle (verb, noun)

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How is baffling used in real life?

Baffling is usually used in informal contexts involving extreme confusion or things that you just can’t understand.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of baffling

A. bewildering
B. befuddling
C. enlightening
D. puzzling