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English noun: baffle

1. baffle (artifact) a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy


Synonymsbaffle board


Broader (hypernym)plate


Narrower (hyponym)diffuser, diffusor


English verb: baffle

1. baffle (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to


SamplesThis beats me!.
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.


ExamplesThe bad news will baffle him, The good news will baffle her, The performance is likely to baffle Sue


Synonymsamaze, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw


Narrower (hyponym)elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump

2. baffle (social) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of


SamplesWhat ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge.
Foil your opponent.


Synonymsbilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent


Narrower (hyponym)dash, disappoint, let down, ruin, short-circuit

3. baffle (change) check the emission of (sound)


Synonymsregulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel









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