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 baffling
How Ragsdale can live with all this day-in-day-out intensity from strangers is baffling.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is the baffling, awkward dichotomy that is MTV in 2014.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments|Kevin Fallon|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”
They have also been baffling, alternating between high hope and disappointment.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What can we do except to throw up our hands in dismay at the baffling nature of life?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’|Jimmy So|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is easily the most baffling and bewildering writer in the literary trade.Christian Science|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He must have answers to the questions that were baffling him to-day—must know the best or the worst.A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
We had baffling winds all day; but in the evening succeeded in reaching the harbour, and anchoring nearly in our old berth.
Bad weather came on, baffling the one fleet in its object, and the other in its pursuit.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson|Robert Southey
She kept between her and her world a fine, baffling reserve which no one had ever been able to penetrate.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Word Origin for baffle
1783, "bewildering," present participle adjective from baffle (v.); earlier a sailor's adjective for winds that blow variously and make headway difficult (c.1770s).
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.).