The definition of baffle is confuse.verb
An example of baffle is when a teacher confuses a student with a complicated math problem.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to confuse so as to keep from understanding or solving; puzzle; confound
- to interfere with; hinder; impede
- to check the interference of (low-frequency sound waves) in a radio, phonograph, etc. by the use of a baffle
Origin: 16th-c. Scot; prob. respelling (as duff for dough, Affleck for Auchinleck) of obs. bauchle
- Rare a baffling or being baffled
- an obstructing device, as a wall or screen to hold back or turn aside the flow of liquids, gases, etc.also baffleplate
- a mounting or partition used to check the transmission of sound waves between the front and rear of the speaker of a radio, phonograph, etc.
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transitive verb baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
- To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.
- To impede the force or movement of.
- A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light.
- A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker.
Origin: Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.
- bafˈfle·ment noun
- bafˈfler noun