baffled

adjective baf·fled \ ˈba-fəld \

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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