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Adjective: baffling  ba-fu-ling
  1. Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend, solve or believe
    "a baffling problem";
    - elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough
Verb: baffle  ba-ful
  1. Confuse or leave at a loss because of something complex or difficult to understand
    "These questions baffle even the experts";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate [informal], perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
  2. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    "baffle your opponent";
    - thwart, queer [informal], spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, bilk [informal], scupper [informal]
  3. Restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)
    - regulate

See also: difficult, hard

Type of: be, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hold back, keep, keep back, preclude, prevent, restrain

Encyclopedia: Baffling