baf·​fled | \ ˈba-fəld How to pronounce baffled (audio) \

Definition of baffled

1 : extremely confused or puzzled … his explanation of a piano's key action will leave you more baffled than before.— Martin Levine Molecular biologists became even more baffled when they looked at the messenger RNAs: many of the molecules were longer than the DNA from which they had been transcribed.— John Rennie In Miss Kate's eyes there was a troubled, baffled look …— Edna Ferber We have all heard novelists testify to the fact that, beginning a new book, they are utterly baffled as to how to proceed …— Donald Barthelme
2 : equipped with a baffle Ventilation openings are baffled to prevent stray light from reaching the operator's eyes …— Bausch & Lomb Catalog A baffled fuel cell keeps the weight in place.— Kevin Falvey

First Known Use of baffled

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Baffled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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