Definition of baffle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbafəl/


[with object]
1Totally bewilder or perplex: an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone
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  • Many critics doubted the wisdom in signing the Celtic player at all, but they were totally baffled at the decision to hose him with money.
  • But none of the puzzles are so stupidly designed as to totally baffle players.
  • They will be totally baffled and will need a lawyer to know what it means.
puzzling, bewildering, perplexing, mystifying, bemusing, confusing, unclear;
inexplicable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, cryptic, opaque
2Restrain or regulate (a fluid, sound, etc.): to baffle the noise further, I pad the gunwales
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  • Access is via exterior galleries along the street frontages, with bathrooms and kitchens placed here to baffle the street noise.
  • The sensor baffling gear was still operating, but the visual disguise was gone.
  • Coaches thought about using two punt returners in Cincinnati to baffle the elements and provide a safety net for struggling Mac Cody.


A device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, or loose material or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction.
Example sentences
  • In a second arrangement, the first gas supply opens into the central region above an upper baffle plate and the second gas supply opens into the periphery of a plenum between the upper baffle plate and a lower baffle plate.
  • Based on this data, we added baffles to optimize the light aperture within the spectrometer, thereby eliminating unnecessary rays while maximizing optical throughput.
  • Appropriately placed baffles ensure that the light is integrated by many bounces before it reaches the detector.



Pronunciation: /ˈbafəlmənt/
sense 1 of the verb.
Example sentences
  • This spread bafflement and gloom among atomic theorists, as described by Wolfgang Pauli.
  • The general reaction amongst my co-workers was sadly predictable, and could be best summed up as amused, incredulous bafflement.
  • His expressions change from confusion, to bafflement, to wonder.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'cheat, deceive'): perhaps related to French bafouer 'ridicule' or obsolete French beffer 'mock, deceive'.

Words that rhyme with baffle

raffle, snaffle

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Syllabification: baf·fle

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