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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from Scottish English bawchill 'to criticize publicly'

baffle

1 verb
     
baf‧fle1 [transitive]
if something baffles you, you cannot understand or explain it at all:
The question baffled me completely.
bafflement noun [uncountable]
baffling adjective:
a baffling mystery

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