What does baffle mean?

baffle meaning in General Dictionary

To practice deceit

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  • a beat by artifice changes and turns discomfiture
  • impede or avoid (the attempts, programs, or desires) of
  • be a secret or bewildering to
  • an appartment plate that controls or directs the movement of substance or power
  • restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)
  • To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.
  • to test by changes and turns; to elude; to foil.
  • to check on by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, oru000du000a beat; to thwart.
  • To practice deceit.
  • To struggle against in vain; because, a ship baffles utilizing the winds.
  • A defeat by artifice, changes, and converts; discomfiture.

baffle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace openly" (especially a perjured knight), which can be probably associated with French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (compare German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Indicating "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that "to defeat another person's efforts" is from 1670s. Associated: Baffled; baffling.

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  • "shielding product," 1881, from baffle (v.).

baffle meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Resulting in to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.

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  • (v. t.) To check on by changes and turns; to elude; to foil.
  • (v. t.) To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or beat; to thwart.
  • (v. i.) to train deceit.
  • (v. i.) To struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds.
  • (n.) A defeat by artifice, changes, and converts; discomfiture.

Sentence Examples with the word baffle

But the defects which had rendered him unable to baffle the intrigues of Walpole made him equally unable to contend with the Pelhams. His support of the king's policy was denounced as subservience to Hanover.

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