Still other critics are baffled that Borges was influenced by such strange and disparate sources.
The sign that said "Women do it better" (whatever that means, grumbled a male correspondent, baffled).
Martin Amis is not baffled by the modern world; he observes it with precision.
1540s, "to disgrace," perhaps a Scottish respelling of bauchle "to disgrace publicly" (especially a perjured knight), which is probably related to French bafouer "to abuse, hoodwink" (16c.), possibly from baf, a natural sound of disgust, like bah (cf. German baff machen "to flabbergast"). Meaning "to bewilder, confuse" is from 1640s; that of "to defeat someone's efforts" is from 1670s. Related: Baffled; baffling.
"shielding device," 1881, from baffle (v.).