Definition of baffle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæfl//
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(specialist) a screen used to control or prevent the flow of sound, light or liquid Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘cheat, deceive’): perhaps related to French bafouer ‘ridicule’ or obsolete French beffer ‘mock, deceive’.
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