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Definition of "baffle" []

  • To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie. (verb-transitive)
  • To impede the force or movement of. (verb-transitive)
  • A usually static device that regulates the flow of a fluid or light. (noun)
  • A partition that prevents interference between sound waves in a loudspeaker. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "baffle" in a sentence
  • "But that is not the only reason the French word baffle is better heard than seen as I learned the other day while setting out for a voyage south."
  • "I bought a baffle stitched (and if my use of the word baffle, baffles you, see "irony" in the Webster's Dictionary) down feather bed."
  • "He reasoned it was either a sword baffle or some other sort of protective armor."