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baf·fle

baffle

 
 
pronunciation:
bae fl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: baffles, baffling, baffled
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)baffle bit, completely, effectively, equally, frankly, genuinely, little, momentarily, somewhat, totally, utterly
(v.)baffle + adverb first, why
(v.)baffle + nounHelp ballast, behavior, enemy, failure, investigator, lack, liberal, observer, phenomenon, physicist, specialist, viewer
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a device for obstructing, deflecting, or controlling the movement of gases, liquid, sound waves, or light.
synonyms:
deflector
Word Combinations  About this feature
adjective + (n.)baffle black, cold, concrete, elastic, flat, inner, insulated, interior, internal, light, recent, sharp, sophisticated, still, stray, tricky, undersea, warm
verb + (n.)baffle act, add, allow, build, cause, connect, cut, defend, direct, divert, draw, figure, glue, hold, include, install, lose, mount, muffle, place, prevent, protect, reduce, reflect, sew, shoot, stuff  [See all][See only the most frequent]
noun + (n.)baffle Help air, bag, bottom, center, chamber, design, edge, end, engineer, firebox, flow, heat, height, hull, inch, insulation, knife, light, line, piece, plate, position, ribbing, seam, series, set, side, sound, starboard, stitching, system, tank, thanks, trap, tube, wall, water, wind [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: baffling (adj.), bafflingly (adv.), bafflement (n.), baffler (n.)