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baffle

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verb baf·fle \ˈba-fəl\

Simple Definition of baffle

  • : to confuse (someone) completely

Full Definition of baffle

baf·fledbaf·fling play \-f(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling :  disconcert

  3. 2 :  to check or break the force or flow of by or as if by a baffle

baf·fle·ment play \-fəl-mənt\ noun
baf·fler play \-f(ə-)lər\ noun
baf·fling·ly play \ˈba-fliŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of baffle

  1. I was baffled by many of the scientific terms used in the article.

  2. <the language barrier baffled everyone and discouraged us from attempting another teleconference>



Origin of baffle

probably alteration of Middle English (Scots) bawchillen to denounce, discredit publicly


First Known Use: 1675

Synonym Discussion of baffle

frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk mean to check or defeat another's plan or block achievement of a goal. frustrate implies making vain or ineffectual all efforts however vigorous or persistent <frustrated attempts at government reform>. thwart suggests frustration or checking by crossing or opposing <the army thwarted his attempt at a coup>. foil implies checking or defeating so as to discourage further effort <foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her>. baffle implies frustration by confusing or puzzling <baffled by the maze of rules and regulations>. balk suggests the interposing of obstacles or hindrances <officials felt that legal restrictions had balked their efforts to control crime>.

Rhymes with baffle


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baffle

noun baf·fle

Simple Definition of baffle

  • : a device (such as a wall or screen) that is used to control the flow of something (such as a fluid, light, or sound)

Full Definition of baffle

  1. :  a device (as a plate, wall, or screen) to deflect, check, or regulate flow or passage (as of a fluid, light, or sound)

baf·fled play \ˈba-fəld\ adjective

1881

First Known Use of baffle

1881

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