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baffling

verb

  1. (confuse)  to be a mystery or bewildering to
    Synonyms: amaze, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, dumfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus,...
  2. (prevent)  to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    Synonyms: bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart. Type of: prevent
  3. (restrict)  to check the emission of (sound)
    Synonyms: regulate. Type of: restrict

adjective

Etymology summary

"bewildering", from "baffle"; earlier a sailor's word for winds that blow ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

baffling | baffle | baffle board [synonym, sense-specific] | baffle plate [synonym, sense-specific] | perplexing [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzling [synonym, sense-specific] | bewilder [synonym, sense-specific] | bewildering [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific]

impossible to understand; perplexing; bewildering; puzzling | to perplex; bewilder; puzzle | to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc) | to check, restrain, ... (18 of 598 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/baffling

baffle | baffle board [synonym, sense-specific] | baffle plate [synonym, sense-specific] | bewilder [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | bafflement [noun, derived]

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 ... (25 of 587 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

baffle | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

to confuse, bewilder, or perplex. | to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment. | to check or deflect the movement of ... (22 of 123 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/baffle

American Heritage Dictionary:

baffle | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffles [3rd-person singular present] | bafflement [noun, related] | baffler [noun, related]

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 ... (25 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

baffling | perplexing [synonym] | bafflingly [derived]

impossible to understand; perplexing (4 of 45 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/baffling

baffle | baffler | bafflement [derived]

totally bewilder or perplex | restrain or regulate (a fluid, sound, etc.) | a device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, etc. or to prevent the ... (27 of 122 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

baffle | bafflement [noun, derived] | baffling [adjective, derived]

to cause someone to be completely unable to understand or explain something (12 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/baffle

Wiktionary:

baffling

Present participle of baffle. | puzzling and frustrating (7 of 9 words, 2 definitions)

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baffle | baffles [plural] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | confuse [synonym, sense-specific]

A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether. | An ... (42 of 79 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Baffle [disambiguation] | baffles

may refer to: Baffle (heat transfer), a flow-directing vane or panel in some vessels such as shell and tube heat exchangers, chemical reactors, or static mixers | Baffle (medicine), a tunnel or wall surgically constructed within the heart or primary... (39 of 221 words, 9 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

baffle [entry 1, verb] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | disconcert [synonym, sense-specific] | frustrate [synonym, sense-specific] | balk [synonym, sense-specific] | beat [synonym, sense-specific] | checkmate [synonym, sense-specific] | discomfit [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling; "disconcert" | to check or break the force or flow of by or as if by a baffle (28 of 177 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/baffle

baffle [entry 2, noun] | baffled [adjective, related]

a device (as a plate, wall, or screen) to deflect, check, or regulate flow or passage (as of a fluid, light, or sound) (23 of 43 words, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

baffle | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffleplate [sense-specific] | bafflement [noun, related] | baffler [noun, related]

to confuse so as to keep from understanding or solving; puzzle; confound | to interfere with; hinder; impede | to check the interference of ... (22 of 111 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

baffle [transitive] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffles [3rd-person singular present]

if a problem, someone's behaviour etc baffles you, you cannot understand it or solve it (15 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/baffle

Encarta Dictionary:

baffling | bafflingly [adverb, derived]

impossible for the mind to understand, and causing a feeling of confusion or helplessness (14 of 24 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588386​/definition​.html  [offline]

baffle | baffles [plural] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

to prove too difficult or complicated for somebody to understand, solve, or deal with, causing a feeling of confusion or helplessness | to hinder or ... (24 of 159 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588384​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

baffling

First use: 1783

Origin: "bewildering", from "baffle"; earlier a sailor's word for winds that blow variously and make headway difficult (about 1770s).

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baffle

First use: 1540s

Origin: "to disgrace", perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to ... (21 of 70 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

baffling | baffle

First use: 16th century

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

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Oxford Dictionary:

baffle

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "cheat, deceive"): perhaps related to French bafouer "ridicule" or obsolete French beffer "mock, deceive"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/baffle

American Heritage Dictionary:

baffle | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Perhaps blend of Scottish Gaelic bauchle, to denounce, revile publicly, and French bafouer, to ridicule.

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New World Dictionary:

baffle | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

Origin: 16th-century Scottish; probably respelling (as duff for dough, Affleck for Auchinleck) of obsolete bauchle

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Merriam-Webster:

baffle [entry 1, verb] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

First use: 1675

Origin: probably alteration of Middle English (Scots) bawchillen to denounce, discredit publicly

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Encarta Dictionary:

baffle | baffles [plural] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Perhaps blend of French bafouer "ridicule" + Scots bauchle "revile"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861588384​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

baffle | baffles [plural] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "baffle"

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Collins Dictionary:

baffling | baffle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "baffling"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/baffling

baffle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "baffle"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

baffle [transitive] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "baffling"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "baffle"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

baffle [transitive] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle] | baffles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "baffling"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "baffle"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

baffle

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "baffling"

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the Free Dictionary:

baffling

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baffle

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Google Dictionary:

baffling

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baffle | baffles [plural] | baffled [past tense] | baffling [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

baffling

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baffle

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YourDictionary Audio:

baffle

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freedictionary.org:

baffle

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