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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
baf•fle /ˈbæfəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -fled, -fling, n. 
v. [ + obj]
  1. to confuse or bewilder;
    mystify:baffled by her odd behavior.

n. [countable]
  1. something that slows down, interferes with, or deflects a flow, as of light, etc.
baf•fler, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
baf•fle  (bafəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -fled, -fling, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to confuse, bewilder, or perplex:He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions.
  2. to frustrate or confound;
    thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
  3. Building, Sound Reproductionto check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
  4. Buildingto equip with a baffle or baffles.
  5. [Obs.]to cheat;
    trick.

v.i. 
  1. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.

n. 
  1. something that balks, checks, or deflects.
  2. Building, Sound Reproductionan artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of gases (as in a boiler), sounds (as in the loudspeaker system of a radio or hi-fi set), light (as in a darkroom), etc.
  3. Sound Reproductionany boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
baffle•ment, n. 
baffler, n. 
baffling, adj. 
baffling•ly, adv. 
baffling•ness, n. 
  • Scots bauchle to disgrace, treat with contempt, equivalent. to bauch (see baff) + -le
  • 1540–50; 1910–15 for def. 8; perh.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  thwart. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

baffle /ˈbæfəl/ vb (transitive)
  1. to perplex; bewilder; puzzle
  2. to frustrate (plans, efforts, etc)
  3. to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
n
  1. Also called: baffle board, baffle plate a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Scottish dialect bachlen to condemn publicly; perhaps related to French bafouer to disgrace

ˈbafflement n ˈbaffler n



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