Definition and Meanings for baffle

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Baffle is ranked 26,787 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of baffle

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of baffle

cf. lowland scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch tasteless, abashed, jaded, icel. b uneasy, poor, or b, n., struggle, b to push, treat harshly, of. beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. g. b mouth, beffen to bark, chide

Meaning of baffle


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a recreant knight.
  • to check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
  • to check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or defeat; to thwart.

as intransitive verb

  • to practice deceit.
  • to struggle against in vain; as, a ship baffles with the winds.

as noun

  • a defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture.
  • a deflector, as a plate or wall, so arranged across a furnace or boiler flue as to mingle the hot gases and deflect them against the substance to be heated.;a grating or plate across a channel or pipe conveying water, gas, or the like, by which the flow is rendered more uniform in different parts of the cross section of the stream; -- used in measuring the rate of flow, as by means of a weir.
  • a lever for operating the throttle valve of a winding engine.
  • No antonyms for baffle

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