from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which baffles.
  • noun A partition in a furnace so placed as to aid the convection of heat; a baffle-plate. Rankine, Steam Engine, § 304. Also baffle.
  • noun In coal-mining, the lever with which the throttle-valve of a winding-engine is worked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, baffles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something that causes one to be baffled, particularly a difficult puzzle or riddle.


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  • Creature creator Andrew Bell and puzzle master Chris Yates are proud to present the second installment of their second collaborative 'baffler' project, "Bottle with a Bear Problem":


  • I think he had some kind of electronic baffler in there as well.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • But maybe the biggest baffler here is the sheriff's and fair director.

    CNN Transcript Sep 18, 2009

  • Bette showed women how to deal with the delicate situation of the brush off (or tease) by sparing him the psych-speak and exiting with a baffler: As Ms. Davis 'Southern belle character drawled in Cabin in the Cotton, "I'd love to kiss you, but I've just washed my hair."

    Kim Morgan: Happy 100, Bette Davis

  • Many things baffle me, but this morning the big baffler is that a woman married to a nationalist (SDLP) councillor had never heard of sectarianism.

    Omagh 10 years on

  • Speaking of which, perhaps you can help me understand something that's been a baffler for years: I keep reading that Mozart, squeezed by a deadline, tarted up the "Haffner Serenade" a mite and pawned it off as his 35th symphony.


  • I agree, that's a baffler, given our poor performance.

    the inevitable

  • He called the robbery a baffler, and ruled out insurance fraud, even though Sol Hurwitz is rapaciously rumored to be a dice game degenerate.

    White Jazz

  • He spent nearly half an hour fitting a baffler to the spout, so that the compressed matter inside wouldn't hiss as it poured out.

    The Voyage of the Space Beagle

  • Besides, sometimes the barricade becomes a compact wall, -- a baffler, unless boat and boatmen can circumvent it, -- unless the nautical carriage can itself be carried about the obstacle, -- can be picked up, shouldered, and made off with.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 59, September, 1862


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