baffle

[ baf-uh l ]
/ ˈbæf əl /

verb (used with object), baf·fled, baf·fling.

verb (used without object), baf·fled, baf·fling.

to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.

noun


Nearby words

  1. baffies,
  2. baffin,
  3. baffin bay,
  4. baffin island,
  5. baffin, william,
  6. bafflegab,
  7. bafflement,
  8. baffleplate,
  9. baffling,
  10. baffy

Origin of baffle

1540–50; 1910–15 for def 8; perhaps < Scots bauchle to disgrace, treat with contempt, equivalent to bauch (see baff) + -le

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British Dictionary definitions for bafflement

baffle

/ (ˈbæfəl) /

verb (tr)

to perplex; bewilder; puzzle
to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc)
to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
to provide with a baffle
obsolete to cheat or trick

noun

Also called: baffle board, baffle plate a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
Derived Formsbafflement, nounbaffler, noun

Word Origin for baffle

C16: perhaps from Scottish dialect bachlen to condemn publicly; perhaps related to French bafouer to disgrace

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Word Origin and History for bafflement
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