verb (used with object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
verb (used without object), baf·fled, baf·fling.
Origin of baffle
Synonyms for baffle
Related Words for bafflementperplexity, confusion, disorientation, puzzlement, predicament, stress, anxiety, embarrassment, inconvenience, complication, setback, strife, pressure, struggle, frustration, misery, trouble, crisis, worry, blow
Examples from the Web for bafflement
Contemporary Examples of bafflement
It might appear senseless but that is appearance only, our bafflement before such barbarity.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.
April 23, 2013
This accounts for some of the bafflement that occasionally greets Bachmann's statements.Bachmann's Unrivaled Extremism
June 15, 2011
Historical Examples of bafflement
She held out her hand for the bank-note which, with a sense of bafflement, he gave her.The Place of Honeymoons
Mike took heart, his experience believed and his bafflement shared.Mr. Wicker's Window
Dick shook his head in bafflement, and glanced at his watch.The Little Lady of the Big House
Kirk ran his fingers through his hair in a gesture of bafflement.Twelve Times Zero
Howard Carleton Browne
His voice sounded odd and tired, and there was an ache of bafflement in his young eyes.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
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.).