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confusing

[ kuhn-fyoo-zing ]
/ kənˈfyu zɪŋ /
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adjective

causing or tending to cause confusion: a confusing attempt at explanation.

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QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
Question 1 of 7
Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Origin of confusing

First recorded in 1840–50; confuse + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM confusing

con·fus·ing·ly, adverbcon·fus·ing·ness, nounun·con·fus·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for confusing

confusing
/ (kənˈfjuːzɪŋ) /

adjective

causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling

Derived forms of confusing

confusingly, adverb
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