Meaning of BAFFLE in English


— bafflement , n. — baffler , n. — baffling , adj. — bafflingly , adv. — bafflingness , n.

/baf"euhl/ , v. , baffled, baffling , n.


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. to check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).

4. to equip with a baffle or baffles.

5. Obs. to cheat; trick.


6. to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.


7. something that balks, checks, or deflects.

8. an 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.

9. any boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.

[ 1540-50; 1910-15 for def. 8; perh. bauchle to disgrace, treat with contempt, equiv. to bauch (see BAFF) + -LE ]

Syn. 1. See thwart .

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