What does baffle mean?

Definitions for baffleˈbæf əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word baffle.

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)


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Baffle

    baf′fl, v.t. to check or make ineffectual: (obs.) to cheat, hoodwink, bewilder, bring to nought: (obs.) to disgrace publicly.—ns. Baf′fle (obs.), confusion, check; Baf′fler, a bewilderer, confounder.—To baffle out of (obs.), to juggle out of anything. [Prob. Scotch and connected with bauchle; but cf. Fr. beffler, from O. Fr. befe, mockery. Paul Meyer suggests a derivation from Prov. baf, interj. of disdain.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ahmed Korayem:

    It never ceases to baffle me at how one's more willing to accept the unacceptable as long as it can be rationalized

  2. William Feather:

    Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.

  3. Albert Pike:

    He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current... Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on toward ultimate success.

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Translations for baffle

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • صدArabic
  • обърквам, разстройвамBulgarian
  • verblüffen, verdutzen, UmlenkblechGerman
  • μπερδεύω, σαστίζωGreek
  • confundir, desconcertarSpanish
  • سوپاپPersian
  • olla [[sekaisin]], vaimennin, hämmentää, [[olla]] [[ymmällään]], olla [[ihmeissään]], hämätäFinnish
  • déconcerter, dérouter, déflecteurFrench
  • surprizegarIdo
  • sconcertareItalian
  • 間誤付くJapanese
  • schotDutch
  • forvirre, skvalpeskottNorwegian
  • wprawiać w zakłopotaniePolish
  • desconcertarPortuguese
  • сбить с толку, озадачивать, озадачить, сбивать с толку, дефлектор, перегородкаRussian
  • förbrylla, gäcka, förvirraSwedish

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