verb (used with object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
verb (used without object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
Origin of baffle
Synonyms for baffle
Examples from the Web for baffled
Contemporary Examples of baffled
Servis, a general contractor, was baffled by how introverted Stone acted.Hunt for Iraq Vet After Killing Spree
December 16, 2014
Still other critics are baffled that Borges was influenced by such strange and disparate sources.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Martin Amis is not baffled by the modern world; he observes it with precision.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
Baffled by the jargon-heavy consumer information manual, I chatted with Cheryl Luptowski from the NSF consumer affairs office.Are Water Filters B.S.?
August 19, 2014
Putin said in late April that he was baffled that the Americans were targeting the Russian oligarchs.Exclusive: Putin Imposes Secret Sanctions on Pro-Gay Obama Campaign Donors
May 2, 2014
Historical Examples of baffled
If the nation was determined it would not be baffled by the Peers.
Tories and Peers especially were enraged, and regarded themselves as baffled.
It had seemed to baffle the others; it baffled the big man now.Way of the Lawless
She leaned back in her chair, and surveyed the baffled man amusedly.Within the Law
Bartlett sat there for one moment the picture of baffled rage.In the Midst of Alarms
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.).