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baffling (adj.)

"bewildering, confusing, perplexing," 1733, present-participle adjective from baffle (v.); also an 18c. sailor's adjective for winds that blow variously and make headway difficult.

updated on March 18, 2017

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Definitions of baffling from WordNet

baffling (adj.)
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe;
a baffling problem
Synonyms: elusive / knotty / problematic / problematical / tough
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