To baffle is to confuse. If you are completely puzzled as to what baffle means, you might say that this word baffles you.

Baffle means “confuse,” but it can also mean “amaze.” A magician might baffle you with an impressive magic trick. Additionally, this verb can mean “to spoil, thwart, or defeat by means of confusion.” In a debate, you might baffle the opposition by introducing new information that your opponents are not familiar with. Baffle can also be used like stump. If you are stumped by a question on a test, then you’ve been baffled by that question.

Definitions of baffle
  1. verb

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    amaze, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
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    mix up, stump

    cause to be perplexed or confounded

    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape

    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist

    elude, especially in a baffling way
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    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

  2. noun

    a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

    baffle board
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    diffuser, diffusor

    baffle that distributes sound waves evenly
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    a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

  3. verb

    check the emission of (sound)

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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

    place limits on (extent or access)

  4. verb

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, scuttle, spoil, thwart
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    disappoint, let down

    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

    destroy or break

    hamper the progress of; impede

    destroy or cause to fail
    betray, fail

    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    come short, fall short

    fail to meet (expectations or standards)
    disenchant, disillusion

    free from enchantment

    cause the ruin or downfall of

    cause the failure or ruin of

    ruin utterly
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    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

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