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verb baf·fle \ˈba-fəl\

: to confuse (someone) completely

baf·fledbaf·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of BAFFLE

transitive verb
:  to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling :  disconcert
:  to check or break the force or flow of by or as if by a baffle
baf·fle·ment \-fəl-mənt\ noun
baf·fler \-f(ə-)lər\ noun
baf·fling·ly \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



: 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

:  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 \ˈba-fəld\ adjective

First Known Use of BAFFLE


Other Audio Recording Terms

dub, fidelity, transcription, treble

Rhymes with BAFFLE

BAFFLER Defined for Kids


verb baf·fle \ˈba-fəl\
baf·fledbaf·fling \ˈba-fə-liŋ, ˈba-fliŋ\

Definition of BAFFLE for Kids

:  to completely confuse <The instructions baffled us.>
baffled adjective


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