baffle

To baffle is to confuse. If you are completely puzzled as to what baffle means, you might say that this word baffles you.

Baffle means "confuse," but it can also mean "amaze." A magician might baffle you with an impressive magic trick. Additionally, this verb can mean "to spoil, thwart, or defeat by means of confusion." In a debate, you might baffle the opposition by introducing new information that your opponents are not familiar with. Baffle can also be used like stump. If you are stumped by a question on a test, then you’ve been baffled by that question.

Primary Meanings of baffle

1.
v
be a mystery or bewildering to
2.
nv
a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
check the emission of (sound)
3.
v
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Full Definitions of baffle
1

v be a mystery or bewildering to

Synonyms:
amaze, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
Types:
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mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
riddle
set a difficult problem or riddle
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
defy, refuse, resist
elude, especially in a baffling way
Type of:
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
2

n a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

Synonyms:
baffle board
Types:
diffuser, diffusor
baffle that distributes sound waves evenly
Type of:
plate
a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

v check the emission of (sound)

Synonyms:
regulate
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)
3

v hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Synonyms:
bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart
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disappoint, let down
fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
dash
destroy or break
short-circuit
hamper the progress of; impede
ruin
destroy or cause to fail
betray, fail
disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
come short, fall short
fail to meet (expectations or standards)
disenchant, disillusion
free from enchantment
undo
cause the ruin or downfall of
break
cause the failure or ruin of
shipwreck
ruin utterly
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible

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