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

Synonyms & Antonyms for baffle

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 Britney Spears continues to both delight and hopelessly baffle her fans on Instagram. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 18 Aug. 2021 While this puzzling narrative departure might baffle some, no one will be able to dispute the film’s consistent commitment to exquisite craftsmanship in the costuming department. Tomris Laffly, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Younger generations, with their practical conformism, their embrace of right-wing politics, and their uncritical reception of music that sounds like capitalism, baffle them. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 There are a bunch of things about her that baffle me, though. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 11 May 2021 Quantum mechanics and quantum computing still baffle me. John Horgan, Scientific American, 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, 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, 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, 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More mysterious than the choking dust storms and orange skies, harder to comprehend than the Great Scar or the Red Zones, these pockets of inexplicable green health baffle us all. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 At Sparrow Pond, summer rains caused more sediment to flow in, while the baffle prevented water from rising. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 The front baffle of the new speakers is made from multiple layers of wood and can be ordered in one of three finishes: walnut, wengè with maple inlays, plus piano black. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The southpaw uses a surgical style to baffle batters. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, 13 July 2021 These rare curiosities intrigue and baffle even the experts. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 But is this comforter, with baffle box construction and duvet loop ties, worth the extra cash? Rachel Klein, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 With a genuine down fill and a unique baffle box system to keep it evenly in place, Vero Linen's comforter is built to last. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2021 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, 4 May 2021

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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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3 Sep 2021

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“Baffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baffle. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for baffle

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)

: 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.

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baffled adjective

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