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adjective as in befuddled

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adjective as in confusional

adjective as in stuck

adjective as in stuck

adjective as in stumped

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Example Sentences

It lassoed itself around the baffle and began slowly ascending.

The researchers watched hours of video footage to see how well the baffle deterred the brown tree snakes.

Testing brown tree snake skills could help design better baffles or other tools to protect endangered birds on Guam, Savidge says.

That baffled line about the male psyche, delivered by 28-year-old stand-up comedian Yang Li last year, has become a catch-phrase for feminists in China.

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Using a single, large, lasso-like grip allows the brown tree snake to climb wider trees — or baffles, explains study coauthor Bruce Jayne, a biologist at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Servis, a general contractor, was baffled by how introverted Stone acted.

Still other critics are baffled that Borges was influenced by such strange and disparate sources.

Martin Amis is not baffled by the modern world; he observes it with precision.

Baffled by the jargon-heavy consumer information manual, I chatted with Cheryl Luptowski from the NSF consumer affairs office.

Putin said in late April that he was baffled that the Americans were targeting the Russian oligarchs.

There seemed the flavour of some strange authority in her that baffled all approach to the former intimacy.

And he never cared whether she was looking through the glass or whether she was staring, baffled, at the rock.

This discovery was one of the great feats of the human mind; it baffled the wits of the best men for thousands of years.

Time and again their efforts were baffled by new falls, but always the same persistent eager spirit drove them back to their toil.

But now daily a fresh recognition of her continued imprisonment, baffled her attempt to look at things with clear eyes.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for baffled?

Baffled means extremely or completely puzzled or confused. Perhaps the closest synonym is stumped, which is used to describe someone who has no idea what the answer or solution is or what their next action should be—someone who simply cannot figure it out despite having tried their hardest.

Synonyms for baffled that are similarly intense include perplexed, confounded, bewildered, and befuddled.

Less commonly, baffled is used to mean the same thing as thwarted. Similar words include foiled, defeated, and the more specific sense of frustrated.

What is the opposite (antonym) of baffled?

Baffled doesn’t really have a direct opposite in the form of an adjective. However, someone who was baffled may eventually figure out the problem or find the answer to the question. In this way, they fully understand or see clearly—they have a clear-eyed view of the problem, question, or situation.

The opposite of baffled in the sense of thwarted is successful.

How do you use baffled in a sentence?

Baffled is most commonly used in the context of things that are difficult or impossible to figure out or understand.

Here are some examples of baffled in a sentence:

  • I’m completely baffled. Why would anyone have done this?
  • His explanation left us all baffled.
  • Baffled investigators have been unable to identify a single suspect.

On this page you'll find 360 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to baffled, such as: humbled, overpowered, overwhelmed, routed, bested, and circumvented.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.