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baf·fle / ˈbafəl/ • v. [tr.] totally bewilder or perplex: an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone | [as adj.] (baffling) the baffling murder of her sister. • n. a device used to restrain the flow of a fluid, gas, or loose material or to prevent the spreading of sound or light in a particular direction. DERIVATIVES: baf·fle·ment n. (in sense 1 of the verb ). baf·fling·ly adv. (in sense 1 of the verb ).

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bafflebaffle, raffle, snaffle •falafel •piffle, riffle, skiffle, sniffle, whiffle •nymphal • apocryphal •Eiffel, rifle, stifle, trifle •coffle, offal, waffle •duffel, kerfuffle, muffle, ruffle, scuffle, shuffle, snuffle, truffle •triumphal

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A. †disgrace XVI;

B. †hoodwink XVI; foil the plans of XVII. A. perh. f. Sc. bauchle (XV) disgrace, of unkn. orig. In B we have perh. a word of different orig. rel. to F. bafouer ridicule (XVI).

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