verb (used with object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
verb (used without object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
- baffin bay,
- baffin island,
- baffin, william,
Origin of baffle
Examples from the Web for baffle
This hidden Eden continues to baffle geologists with its oculus of volcanic stone.
That decision continues to baffle some law enforcement officials nearly two decades later.
With only two young witnesses, no clear motive, and no identified suspect, the case continues to baffle authorities.
It was no good to set broad goals for agencies: those goals tended to contradict each other—or else to baffle the agency itself.
The singer-actress admits the debate continues to offend and baffle her.
Every moment new changes and new showers of deceptions to baffle and distract him.Emerson and Other Essays|John Jay Chapman
May I pray you to remember that yonder party did, two nights since, baffle six armed men?The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
Suddenly it disappeared behind a veil of smoke which it had thrown out to baffle its pursuers.The Mastery of the Air|William J. Claxton
His career is one of those irritating mysteries which baffle the most patient inquiry.The Story of Newfoundland|Frederick Edwin Smith, Earl of Birkenhead
These tubes fill an annular area, the central un-tubed portion below the baffle cap B forming the vapor chamber.Steam Turbines|Hubert E. Collins
Word Origin for baffle
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.).