[kuh n-fyoo-zing]


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

Origin of confusing

First recorded in 1840–50; confuse + -ing2
Related formscon·fus·ing·ly, adverbcon·fus·ing·ness, nounun·con·fus·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of confusingly

  • But her wing had flicked him across the eyes, confusingly, and he missed her.


    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Moral codes have been immensely and confusingly diversified.

    Theoretical Ethics

    Milton Valentine

  • 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.

  • He has awakened attention and directed it upon a theme and story, yet left it tantalizingly but not confusingly incomplete.

    How to See a Play

    Richard Burton

British Dictionary definitions for confusingly



causing bewilderment; difficult to follow; puzzling
Derived Formsconfusingly, adverb
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