Meaning of BAFFLE in English


/ ˈbæfl; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

to confuse sb completely; to be too difficult or strange for sb to understand or explain :

[ vn ]

His behaviour baffles me.

[ vn , vn wh- ]

I'm baffled as to why she hasn't called.

I'm baffled why she hasn't called.

►  baffle·ment noun [ U ]:

His reaction was one of bafflement.

►  baf·fling adjective

■ noun

( technical ) a screen used to control or prevent the flow of sound, light or liquid



late 16th cent. (in the sense cheat, deceive ): perhaps related to French bafouer ridicule or obsolete French beffer mock, deceive.

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