baffle baffle  /ˈbæ fəl/


  1. (n) a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
  2. (v) be a mystery or bewildering to
  3. (v) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  4. (v) check the emission of (sound)

Derived Word(s)


  1. Viet Cong tunnels are shored with bamboo, take right-angle turns roughly every ten yards to baffle the blast of satchel charges dropped in the mouths of the tunnels.
  2. If you head a government you must know that your words reported instantly, compressed into sound bites can baffle foreigners.
  3. It's a heavy dollop of sentiment that will baffle both Apatow's fan base and those who watched the first half of the movie.


  1. BASEBALL: Seven Lakes grad Hart drafted by Orioles

    One of the most effective relievers in the Western Athletic Conference was a Seven Lakes High School graduate. Now Donnie Hart will get an opportunity to baffle professional hitters.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Rancher

  2. Faces of Kansas City: Girl continues to beat odds, baffling doctors

    A 4-year-old Olathe, KS, girl continues to beat the odds and baffle her doctors.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: KCTV 5 Kansas City

  3. Dr. Drew Pinsky, Physician and Media Star

    Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of “Celebrity Rehab,” says he is baffled that people hold him accountable long after his on-air doctoring is done.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. Poking fun at himself and government leaders, Moody told the audience that "if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit!"
    on Jan 13, 2009 By: James Moody Source: Jazz Police

  2. "There will be no dam built on Baffle Creek for as long as I am premier and as long as I lead the Queensland government - in fact I can't see a dam being built on Baffle Creek in my lifetime," Ms Bligh told reporters in Ipswich. "All of the...
    on Mar 2, 2008 By: Anna Bligh Source:

  3. Reflecting the quick turnaround, Ellen Ochoa, an astronaut and director of flight crew operations, called the allegations of astronaut drinking "events that baffle us."
    on Jul 27, 2007 By: Ellen Ochoa Source: Washington Post

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