View synonyms for baffled


[ baf-uhld ]


  1. bewildered or perplexed; puzzled:

    I went to bed shaking my head, completely baffled and amazed at the strange turn the day had taken.

  2. equipped with one or more baffles, or structures to obstruct the movement of fluids, sound, etc.:

    Any spraying operations shall be done within a baffled or enclosed area of the solvent cleaning machine.

  3. thwarted:

    “Every anarchist is a baffled dictator,” wrote Mussolini.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of anticipate ( def ).

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Example Sentences

It lassoed itself around the baffle and began slowly ascending.

The researchers watched hours of video footage to see how well the baffle deterred the brown tree snakes.

Testing brown tree snake skills could help design better baffles or other tools to protect endangered birds on Guam, Savidge says.

That baffled line about the male psyche, delivered by 28-year-old stand-up comedian Yang Li last year, has become a catch-phrase for feminists in China.

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Using a single, large, lasso-like grip allows the brown tree snake to climb wider trees — or baffles, explains study coauthor Bruce Jayne, a biologist at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Servis, a general contractor, was baffled by how introverted Stone acted.

Still other critics are baffled that Borges was influenced by such strange and disparate sources.

Martin Amis is not baffled by the modern world; he observes it with precision.

Baffled by the jargon-heavy consumer information manual, I chatted with Cheryl Luptowski from the NSF consumer affairs office.

Putin said in late April that he was baffled that the Americans were targeting the Russian oligarchs.

There seemed the flavour of some strange authority in her that baffled all approach to the former intimacy.

And he never cared whether she was looking through the glass or whether she was staring, baffled, at the rock.

This discovery was one of the great feats of the human mind; it baffled the wits of the best men for thousands of years.

Time and again their efforts were baffled by new falls, but always the same persistent eager spirit drove them back to their toil.

But now daily a fresh recognition of her continued imprisonment, baffled her attempt to look at things with clear eyes.