WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
baf•fle•ment /ˈbæfəlmənt/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
  • the state of being baffled:His look of complete bafflement showed that he didn't understand English.

  • 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. 

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