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This page has 4 definitions of baffling in English. Baffling is a verb, an adjective and noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .




  1. present participle of baffle


baffling (comparative more baffling, superlative most baffling)

  1. Puzzling, perplexing, bewildering.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 160:
      [T]he primitive concept of the generative act was one of awe and worship, accorded to a force which was incomprehensible and baffling.
    • 2021, The Guardian, baffling brexit rules threaten export chaos gove is warned, London: The Guardian:
      Ministers must restart trade negotiations with Brussels immediately to sort out the "baffling" array of post-Brexit rulesand regulations that now threaten much of the UK'sexport trade to the EU
  2. frustrating

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baffling (plural bafflings)

  1. An act of foiling or thwarting.
    • 1831, The Quarterly Review (London)
      [] the contrast of the one determined and still triumphant will of the man, with the transient and vain bafflings of winds or waves, of gods, or monsters []