Definitions for baffleˈbæf əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

baf•fleˈbæf əl(v.; n.)-fled, -fling

  1. (v.t.)to confuse, bewilder, or perplex.

  2. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.

  3. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, gases, etc.).

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  4. Obs. to cheat; trick.

  5. (n.)something that balks, checks, or deflects.

  6. an artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of sounds, light, gases, etc.

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  7. any boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.

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Origin of baffle:

1540–50; of uncert. orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. baffle, baffle board(verb)

    a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

  2. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound(verb)

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

  3. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  4. baffle, regulate(verb)

    check the emission of (sound)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. baffle(verb)ˈbæf əl

    to cause sb to feel confused

    Her behavior baffles me sometimes.; baffled by his illness; a baffling mystery


  1. baffle(Noun)

    A device used to restrain or regulate, e.g. sound, light, gas, or a fluid.

    Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the fluids in them from sloshing around inside.

  2. baffle(Noun)

    An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable

  3. baffle(Verb)

    Totally bewilder; confuse or perplex.

    I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baffle(verb)

    to cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight

  2. Baffle(verb)

    to check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil

  3. Baffle(verb)

    to check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart

  4. Baffle(verb)

    to practice deceit

  5. Baffle(verb)

    to struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds

  6. Baffle(noun)

    a defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture


  1. Baffle

    A baffle is a tunnel or wall artificially constructed within the heart or great vessels for the purpose of redirecting blood flow in cases of congenital heart defects.

Translations for baffle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to puzzle (a person)

I was baffled by her attitude towards her husband.

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