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- To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex. [from 17th c.]
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:confuse
- I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
- (intransitive) To struggle in vain. [from 19th c.]
- A ship baffles with the winds.
- (now rare) To foil; to thwart. [from 17th c.]
- 1898, George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra:
- It may have been the failure of Christianity to emancipate itself from expiatory theories of moral responsibility, guilt, innocence, reward, punishment, and the rest of it, that baffled its intention of changing the world.
- 1915, Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, Fifty-One Tales:
- So they had to search the world again for a sphinx. And still there was none. But they were not men that it is easy to baffle, and at last they found a sphinx in a desert at evening watching a ruined temple whose gods she had eaten hundreds of years ago when her hunger was on her.
- (obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight. [16th–17th c.]
- (obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone). [16th–18th c.]
- to be baffled as to why/how (something happened)
to totally bewilder; confuse or perplex
baffle (plural baffles)
- A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
- Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
- A barrier designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
- (US, dialect, coal mining) A lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
baffle m or f (plural baffles)