Meaning of BAFFLE in English

BAFFLE

Pronunciation: ' ba-f ə l

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: baf · fled ; baf · fling \ -f( ə -)li ŋ \

Etymology: probably alteration of Middle English (Sc) bawchillen to denounce, discredit publicly

Date: 1675

1 : to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling : DISCONCERT

2 : to check or break the force or flow of by or as if by a baffle

synonyms see FRUSTRATE

– baf · fle · ment \ -f ə l-m ə nt \ noun

– baf · fler \ -f( ə -)l ə r \ noun

– baf · fling · ly \ ' ba-fli ŋ -l ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.