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baffle

[ baf-uh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF baffle
  • verbperplex
  • verbhinder

Synonyms for baffle

  • amaze
  • astound
  • befuddle
  • bewilder
  • confound
  • confuse
  • daze
  • disconcert
  • dumbfound
  • elude
  • embarrass
  • faze
  • mystify
  • nonplus
  • puzzle
  • stump
  • stun
  • addle
  • buffalo
  • floor
  • get
  • muddle
  • rattle
  • stick
  • throw
  • mix up
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Antonyms for baffle

  • clarify
  • clear up
  • comfort
  • enlighten
  • explain
  • explicate
  • help
  • soothe
  • abet
  • aid
  • assist
  • encourage
  • relieve
  • support
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BAFFLE

It had seemed to baffle the others; it baffled the big man now.

I have baffled them now for nearly a year, and I can baffle them still.

Marot's end was to baffle his pursuers and to benefit the exiles.

Haven't we eyes to see this ruin that's coming, and minds to baffle it with?

Now I like to baffle them—to leave them something to struggle with.

He comes to baffle Pym—he thinks the danger Far off: tell him no word of it!

I feared then that you might tell him, and he would make a move that should baffle me.

Still she strove to be calm and to baffle her tormentor to the very end.

But Indians have one peculiarity that will baffle even the shrewdest Jew.

Summer dusk, especially, is the frolic moment for children, baffle them how you may.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BAFFLE

addle

verbconfuse
  • baffle
  • befuddle
  • bewilder
  • confound
  • discombobulate
  • disconcert
  • fuddle
  • mix up
  • muddle
  • muddy
  • mystify
  • perplex
  • puzzle

balk

verbthwart
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