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Derived forms of bafflingbafflingly, adverb
Words nearby baffling
What does baffling mean?
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)
What are some synonyms for baffling?
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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.
— HistoryExtra (@HistoryExtra) June 11, 2017
Although this was a hilarious & equally baffling discovery, in the future please leave your hubcaps outside the library. pic.twitter.com/AepLSNKUhn
— Munday Library at St. Edward's University (@SEULibrary) March 15, 2017
Websites that require you to input your email address twice but your password only once to sign up are truly baffling to me.
— Betty the Elf, what’s your favorite color? 🎄 (@thecommonraven) February 9, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for baffling
How Ragsdale can live with all this day-in-day-out intensity from strangers is baffling.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is the baffling, awkward dichotomy that is MTV in 2014.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments|Kevin Fallon|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”
They have also been baffling, alternating between high hope and disappointment.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What can we do except to throw up our hands in dismay at the baffling nature of life?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is easily the most baffling and bewildering writer in the literary trade.Christian Science|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He must have answers to the questions that were baffling him to-day—must know the best or the worst.A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
We had baffling winds all day; but in the evening succeeded in reaching the harbour, and anchoring nearly in our old berth.
Bad weather came on, baffling the one fleet in its object, and the other in its pursuit.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson|Robert Southey
She kept between her and her world a fine, baffling reserve which no one had ever been able to penetrate.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908|Lucy Maud Montgomery