to confuse, bewilder, or perplex:
He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions.
to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
to equip with a baffle or baffles.
Obsolete. to cheat; trick.
to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.
something that balks, checks, or deflects.
an artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of gases (as in a boiler), sounds (as in the loudspeaker system of a radio or hi-fi set), light (as in a darkroom), etc.
any boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
First was the cavalcade of denials and baffling cover-ups she fired off to defend herself.
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This is the baffling, awkward dichotomy that is MTV in 2014.
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This extraordinary passage raises a number of baffling questions.
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It was as baffling as watching someone bottle lightning or saw a lady in half.
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Given all that, the way the White House completely dropped the obstructionism charge was baffling.
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But to the penitent sinner, though mysterious, though full of baffling riddles, it is plain enough.
The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
The pay of the soldiers remained to Washington a baffling problem.
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Their eyes wrestled with the baffling dark, and their pulses checked and raced; for something was moving out yonder.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. XXXI, September 1908, No. 5 Various
This was a baffling question; for diplomatic destinies were at stake.
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Conrad Lagrange turned his peculiar, baffling eyes upon the young man.
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impossible to understand; perplexing; bewildering; puzzling
to perplex; bewilder; puzzle
to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc)
to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
to provide with a baffle
(obsolete) to cheat or trick
Also called baffle board, baffle plate. a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
1783, “bewildering,” present participle adjective from baffle (v.); earlier a sailor’s adjective for winds that blow variously and make headway difficult (c.1770s).
1540s, “to disgrace,” perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle “to disgrace publicly” (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer “to abuse, hoodwink” (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen “to flabbergast”). Meaning “to bewilder, confuse” is from 1640s; that of “to defeat someone’s efforts” is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.
“shielding device,” 1881, from baffle (v.).
to confuse, bewilder, or perplex: He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions. to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.). to equip with a baffle or baffles. Obsolete. to cheat; trick. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a […]
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a container or receptacle of leather, plastic, cloth, paper, etc., capable of being closed at the mouth; pouch. something resembling or suggesting such a receptacle. a suitcase or other portable container for carrying articles, as in traveling. a purse or moneybag. the amount or quantity a bag can hold. any of various measures of capacity. […]
noun acronym British Academy of Film and Television Arts Contemporary Examples The British version was nominated for a bafta in 2005; the American version aired twice then was canceled. Ab Fab: 7 Classic Trans-Atlantic Sitcoms The Daily Beast Video March 21, 2009 Despite the British starpower of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity led the bafta […]