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baffle

baf·fle

baffle

 
 
pronunciation:
bae fl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: baffled, baffles, baffling
definition 1: to bewilder; confuse.
The professor's abstruse explanation baffled the students.His wife's sudden departure baffled him.
 
synonyms:
bamboozle, befuddle, bewilder, buffalo, confound, confuse, perplex, puzzle, stump
antonyms:
enlighten
similar words:
beat, evade, fog, frustrate, muddle, mystify, nonplus, obfuscate, stick
definition 2: to thwart or frustrate by creating confusion; confound.
The strange and complicated case had baffled the police for years.
synonyms:
befuddle, confound, confuse, disconcert, muddle, nonplus
similar words:
befog, daze, delude, disorient, distract, dumbfound, fool, frustrate, mislead, obfuscate, perplex, stick, thwart
definition 3: to obstruct or deflect the movement of (gases, sound waves, light, liquid, or the like).
similar words:
check, deaden, dull, inhibit, muffle, obstruct, restrain
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part of speech: noun
definition: a device for obstructing, deflecting, or controlling the movement of gases, liquid, sound waves, or light.
synonyms:
deflector
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derivations: baffling (adj.), bafflingly (adv.), bafflement (n.), baffler (n.)