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baffle

verb baf·fle \ ˈba-fəl \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of baffle

baffled; baffling play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to defeat or check (someone) by confusing or puzzling : to confuse or frustrate completely : disconcert
  • Her behavior baffled her parents.
2 : to check or break the force or flow of by or as if by a baffle (see 2baffle)
  • baffle the steam

bafflement

play \-fəl-mənt\ noun

baffler

play \-f(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of baffle in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of baffle

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

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

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baffle

noun

Definition of baffle

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

Recent Examples of baffle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of baffle

noun derivative of 1baffle

Other Audio Recording Terms


BAFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

baffle

verb

Definition of baffle for English Language Learners

  • : to confuse (someone) completely


baffle

noun

Definition of baffle for English Language Learners

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


BAFFLE Defined for Kids

baffle

verb baf·fle \ ˈba-fəl \

Definition of baffle for Students

baffled; baffling \ˈba-fə-liŋ, ˈba-fliŋ\
: to completely confuse The instructions baffled us.

baffled

adjective


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