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4 definitions found
 for baffling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Baffle \Baf"fle\ (b[a^]f"f'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baffled
     (-f'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Baffling (-fl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
     Lowland Scotch bauchle to treat contemptuously, bauch
     tasteless, abashed, jaded, Icel. b[=a]gr uneasy, poor, or
     b[=a]gr, n., struggle, b[ae]gja to push, treat harshly, OF.
     beffler, beffer, to mock, deceive, dial. G. b[aum]ppe mouth,
     beffen to bark, chide.]
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     1. To cause to undergo a disgraceful punishment, as a
        recreant knight. [Obs.]
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              He by the heels him hung upon a tree,
              And baffled so, that all which passed by
              The picture of his punishment might see. --Spenser.
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     2. To check by shifts and turns; to elude; to foil.
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              The art that baffles time's tyrannic claim.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     3. To check by perplexing; to disconcert, frustrate, or
        defeat; to thwart. "A baffled purpose." --De Quincey.
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              A suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them
              all.                                  --South.
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              Calculations so difficult as to have baffled, until
              within a . . . recent period, the most enlightened
              nations.                              --Prescott.
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              The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle
              us.                                   --Locke.
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     Baffling wind (Naut.), one that frequently shifts from one
        point to another.
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     Syn: To balk; thwart; foil; frustrate; defeat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Baffling \Baf"fling\ (b[a^]f"fl[i^]ng), a.
     Frustrating; discomfiting; disconcerting; as, baffling
     currents, winds, tasks. -- Baff"ling*ly, adv. --
     Baff"ling*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  baffling
      adj 1: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve
             or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty
             problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic
             situation at home" [syn: baffling, elusive, knotty,
             problematic, problematical, tough]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "baffling":
     bewildering, bothering, confounding, confusing, defeating,
     discomposing, disconcerting, dismaying, distracting, disturbing,
     embarrassing, enigmatic, frustrating, intricate, mysterious,
     mystifying, perplexing, perturbing, problematic, puzzling,
     upsetting
  
  

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