baffle

verb
baf·​fle | \ ˈba-fəl How to pronounce baffle (audio) \
baffled; baffling\ ˈba-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce baffle (audio) \

Definition of baffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 baffle entry 2) baffle the steam

baffle

noun

Definition of baffle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from baffle

Verb

bafflement \ ˈba-​fəl-​mənt How to pronounce baffle (audio) \ noun
baffler \ ˈba-​f(ə-​)lər How to pronounce baffle (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of baffle in a Sentence

Verb I was baffled by many of the scientific terms used in the article. the language barrier baffled everyone and discouraged us from attempting another teleconference
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are a bunch of things about her that baffle me, though. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: A Burning Sensation," 11 May 2021 Quantum mechanics and quantum computing still baffle me. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?," 20 Apr. 2021 Some of Seife’s other criticisms—designed to shake the myth of Hawking’s all-surpassing brilliance—might baffle the professional scientist. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Mysteries of Stephen Hawking’s Universe," 6 Apr. 2021 But, for all the talk of labor and construction, the participants get caught up in airy debates and abstract statements that might baffle the uninitiated visitor. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "MoMA’s First Show on Race and Architecture Chooses Lofty Ideas Over Pragmatism," 2 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration’s lack of understanding of the power of incentives continues to baffle me: allowing unaccompanied minors to stay in the U.S. will yield a flood of unaccompanied minors. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Romney, Stewart blame Biden and Democrats for border crisis," 22 Mar. 2021 In interviews with conservative-leaning media, last month, her offbeat tale suggesting ballots were being smuggled inside food vans seemed to baffle even Fox Business host Lou Dobbs. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Trump campaign’s star witness in Michigan was deemed ‘not credible.’ Then, her loud testimony went viral.," 3 Dec. 2020 Even unobscured objects can baffle computers when seen in unusual orientations: in one paper a motorbike was classified as a parachute or a bobsled. The Economist, "Automobiles Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI," 13 June 2020 In an interview, Phillips said he was baffled that FEMA would approve Wexler’s deal. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "A Closer Look at Federal COVID Contractors Reveals Inexperience, Fraud Accusations and a Weapons Dealer Operating Out of Someone’s House," 30 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the spirit of many Bang & Olufsen speakers since the first Beolab Penta of 1986, the Beolab 28s are narrow, with no baffle to greatly affect horizontal dispersion. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Review: The Beolab 28 Loudspeakers Represent Bang & Olufsen’s Most Advanced Wireless Design Yet," 4 May 2021 Add the pipe flange, then prime and paint the pipe and baffle. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "An Avian Feast: 3 Bird Feeders You Can Build For Your Backyard," 17 Apr. 2021 Install the rivets, and attach the baffle to the pipe with the hose clamp. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "An Avian Feast: 3 Bird Feeders You Can Build For Your Backyard," 17 Apr. 2021 But is this comforter, with baffle box construction and duvet loop ties, worth the extra cash? Rachel Klein, Forbes, "The Best Down Comforters, According To Happy Customers," 3 Mar. 2021 Featuring a cotton sateen shell and a baffle box construction, the comforter is stuffed with a shaved microfiber filling that's the equivalent to 700 fill power. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Best Comforters on Amazon For Hotel-Quality Sleep Every Night," 26 Feb. 2021 Cover is made of 300 thread count cotton and filled with 100% polyester with baffle box construction. Rachel Klein, Forbes, "The Best Down Alternative Comforters For The Cozy Bed Of Your Dreams," 25 Feb. 2021 Therefore, comforters with a baffle box construction tend to be fluffier and to trap more heat. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "The best down comforters of 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 That could explain why a case that took place more than a century ago continues to baffle crime experts to this day. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Did a suspect hide blood evidence in plain sight?," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of baffle

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baffle

Verb

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

Noun

noun derivative of baffle entry 1

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18 May 2021

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“Baffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baffle. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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baffle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of baffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to confuse (someone) completely

baffle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baffle (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : 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

verb
baf·​fle | \ ˈba-fəl How to pronounce baffle (audio) \
baffled; baffling\ ˈba-​fə-​liŋ , ˈba-​fliŋ \

Kids Definition of baffle

: to completely confuse The instructions baffled us.

Other Words from baffle

baffled adjective

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