Meaning of BAFFLE in English


I. ˈba-fəl transitive verb

( baf·fled ; baf·fling -f(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: probably alteration of Middle English (Scots) 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 -fəl-mənt noun

• baf·fler -f(ə-)lər noun

• baf·fling·ly ˈba-fliŋ-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1881

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

• baf·fled ˈba-fəld adjective

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