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 bafflement
It might appear senseless but that is appearance only, our bafflement before such barbarity.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.|William Giraldi|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This accounts for some of the bafflement that occasionally greets Bachmann's statements.
His head swam, and a sickening sense of bafflement and incompetency came over him.The Treasure of Heaven|Marie Corelli
It was fixed first on Mlanie, then on Agatha, then returned to Mlanie with an added increment of rage and bafflement.The Stolen Singer|Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
Dick shook his head in bafflement, and glanced at his watch.The Little Lady of the Big House|Jack London
Mike took heart, his experience believed and his bafflement shared.Mr. Wicker's Window|Carley Dawson
The murky walls and the low ceiling gave forth an impression of solidity that accentuated his sense of bafflement.The Gray Phantom's Return|Herman Landon
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.).