WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [ ~ + obj]
- to confuse or bewilder;
mystify:baffled by her odd behavior.
- something that slows down, interferes with, or deflects a flow, as of light, etc.
- to confuse, bewilder, or perplex:He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions.
- to frustrate or confound;
thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
- Building, Sound Reproductionto check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
- Buildingto equip with a baffle or baffles.
- [Obs.]to cheat;
- to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.
- something that balks, checks, or deflects.
- 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.
- Sound Reproductionany boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
- 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.