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as in: baffled him Define
to completely confuse someone
  • She looked baffled by the question.
  • Doctors are baffled by her symptoms.

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  • His memory loss was baffling in its complexity.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Once again his memory wipe baffled him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • But then, bafflement was pretty typical where I was concerned.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • He stared at her in obvious bafflement.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It was Reynie who noticed this — that Constance, with a look of anxious bafflement, had begun to crouch down as if to protect herself from an attack.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Bafflement," I said.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Denny glanced toward his seatmate, half expecting to exchange a look of bafflement, but to his horror, he discovered that the boy was crying.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The heat hung close and sticky in the hallway; it was heat unreasonably intense even for the summer evening—adding bafflement to the chagrin with which I was already overwhelmed—and for an instant I thought there must be a conflagration lurking behind the pink walls until I suddenly spied Morris Fink crouched in one corner, laboring over a steaming radiator.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • I looked down in bafflement at the wooden platter before me, empty but for a smear of grease and a forlorn boiled onion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The Angel’s obvious bafflement emboldened Simon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Arthur looked backward and forward between them in bafflement.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Asian children, by contrast, don’t feel nearly that same bafflement.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • There are simply hundreds of disheveled men staring in bafflement at the pitched tents of another circus.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I shook my head in bafflement.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Then the bafflement too flowed away.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Because his unexpected absence from the head of the line had a bearing on the day’s outcome, his decision to short-rope Pittman provoked criticism and bafflement after the fact.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To Carla’s bafflement, those cars had names beyond the names of their color or size.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Florence smiled inwardly a small, malicious smile, watching his slow bafflement, and panic, and rage; and she looked at her mother again.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • What most observers failed to perceive in him was something quite bafflingly simple—a love of quietness, contemplation, and being alone.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • To Jace’s bafflement, Valentine touched the side of Sebastian’s face, a quick, undisguisedly affectionate gesture, before turning away and moving toward the far end of the cavern, where thick clots of shadows gathered.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Sarah stared at him in bafflement.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • The day’s developments had led to nothing but bafflement.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He just walked on, erect, with the new hat cocked and carrying in his hand now that which must have seemed to them the final gratuitous bafflement and even insult, with the committee riding along in the street beside him and not quite parallel, and others who did not happen to have horses at the moment joining in and following the committee in the road, and ladies and children and women slaves coming to the doors and windows of the homes as they passed to watch as they went on in grim…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It was that, the bafflement that came of talking with a man without visible emotions, that urged Clumly on.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Frederic looked at him a moment in bafflement, then realized what was expected and tucked the amulet into his shirt.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • The trouble was that there really was no end to the quotidian details of upper-class American life bafflingly new to Michael Oher.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He caught bafflement, discomfort and, he thought, a trace of embarrassment in her eyes as he brushed a light kiss over her knuckles.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Neither could I endure the reality of her despair, her unstated bafflement as to what had happened to her brother’s life, and her own.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • With a great cry of rage and bafflement Eugene tried to free himself.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Nettle, his front teeth resting on his lower lip in a look of kindly rodent bafflement, let him finish and said, "I knew it.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Minho squinched up his eyes and pulled his head back, as if he were baffled by Newt’s question.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Thomas was baffled by this girl—first the connection he’d felt to her from the very beginning, then the mind-speaking, now this.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He was completely baffled by what Gaily was saying.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Newt looked completely baffled and finally broke the silence.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Bafflement…. good word.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • It wasn’t fatigue so much as bafflement that assaulted Eve when she stepped into Roarke’s shower in the early hours of the morning.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Thus began the remarkable dialogue Batavia Chief of Police Fred Clumly would play over and over later, with confused feelings of bafflement and rage and sorrow.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In answer to Clumly’s look of bafflement he merely shrugged.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • And join the conspiracy, from bafflement: yes: we’re the world, there’s no denying it: we’re old: and whatever it is that the world has done to them, it was us, we did it, whatever it was.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • That was the general drift of public commentary from NFL insiders: bafflement.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I came here where faces full of bafflement and hunger and eagerness waited for me, waiting to believe; I did not see them.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He felt, rather than understood, the waste, the confusion, the blind cruelty of their lives—his spirit was stretched out on the rack of despair and bafflement as there came to him more and more the conviction that their lives could not be more hopelessly distorted, wrenched, mutilated, and perverted away from all simple comfort, repose, happiness, if they set themselves deliberately to tangle the skein, twist the pattern.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He knew very well how absurd he must look, oh yes, yes, he understood their bafflement—the Chief of Police standing there weeping, crying his heart out, for a man he’d been hunting Like a wild animal for days and days and days.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • …wrinkle to show—the same smooth, almost girlish face on the pillow (though Miss Rosa now discovered that Ellen had been dyeing her hair evidently for years), the same almost plump soft (though now unringed) hands on the coverlet, and only the bafflement in the dark uncomprehending eyes to indicate anything of present life by which to postulate approaching death as she asked the seventeen-year-old sister (Henry up to now was just vanished, his birthright voluntarily repudiated; he had…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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as in: acoustic baffle Define
something constructed to control the flow of sound or fluid
  • The car’s tail pipe has an acoustic baffle to reduce noise.
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  • Then he frowned as if baffled by his own actions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Such simplicity baffled him.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera

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  • He looked from Clary’s baffled face to Simon’s.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "It’s from Alex," she said, sounding baffled.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • And when my teammates seemed more interested in ice cream or snow cones after the game, especially if it was a game we lost, I was baffled and upset.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Stark shot a baffled look at Yoren.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • For an instant Bran was baffled.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Baffled, he made his way back the way he’d come, and then he saw it: a dark hole under an out-thrust of wet stone.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The ivy was the baffling thing.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • But occasionally one would come along that baffled even him.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place

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  • But the world of sons has changed; it’s more likely to be the boys now with that baffled look, like a night dweller gone blind in sunlight.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Baffled, and with a stomach rumbling for more food, Thomas still couldn’t help but walk toward the man to investigate.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Their few meetings had left them both baffled.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Clary looked over her mother’s shoulder, baffled, at Simon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She’d be baffled by my inability to bask in what I’ve worked so hard to accomplish.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • How baffling it is that we imagined cities incinerated by alien bombs and death rays when all they needed was Mother Nature and time.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Mae was baffled, and found her mood sinking into the same sort of abyss in which she’d spent the last few years.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They looked at me like I had a second head growing out of my neck, baffled that a teenaged person was speaking to them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I tried to smile to diffuse the situation but I was completely baffled.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The baffled look the angel shoots at the door makes me chuckle.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Baffled, Cinder stood and climbed on top of her chair to peer over the crowd.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "Ah, thank you, Paolo," Chiron said, clearly baffled.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Utterly baffled now, the children held their tongues.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • This time, however, he was baffled; he knew as well as she that there were no garments to spare in that house.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She managed a weak smile, a bit baffled by his sudden charm.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He was baffled, thwarted, muzzled.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • After that I fell among those thieves, the nine figures, who seemed every evening to do something new to disguise themselves and baffle recognition.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Zounds, where thou wilt, lad; I’ll make one: an I do not, call me villain, and baffle me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • It alone is without flaw, it alone rounds and completes all, That mystic baffling wonder alone completes all.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He strode down the hill amid the tumult of sudden-risen vapours of wounded pride and fallen hope and baffled desire.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He was baffled and a note of menace pierced through his voice.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Her thoughtfulness baffled his cunning scrutiny.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • When she is baffled, like Ophelia, she goes mad and commits suicide; and the man goes straight from her funeral to a fencing match.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He crossed a small "branch" two or three times, because of a prevailing juvenile superstition that to cross water baffled pursuit.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He looked baffled and hungry, and Archer reflected that he would probably finish his meal on Ellen Olenska.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Think of being the chief figure and directing factor in solving strange mysteries and baffling crimes.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Colonel Cathcart was baffled.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Sophie looked baffled in the glow of the message scrawled across the Mona Lisa’s face.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • ’That would not baffle a Ranger,’ said Gimli.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The police are baffled, you see.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The young man seemed to find this remark rather baffling.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Adding has always baffled me.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • She looked surprised, then thoughtful, then baffled.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Every man retired from the spoon, as Clennam did, cowed and baffled.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • But the ear, baffled repeatedly, soon lost any clue, and wandered in a maze of noises, none harsh or unpleasant, none intelligible.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I hissed at the others for silence and they swivel ed their heads in my direction, baffled and annoyed.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Eve groped into it, too sleepy yet to be baffled by the feel of silk against her skin.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • But she continued to study Mavis, baffled.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Paul made a wounded, baffled noise, lowered his hand, and then leaned back, panting.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
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