One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his reaction baffled her’
perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
informal flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump, beat, fox, make someone scratch their head, be all Greek to, floor, fog
North American informal buffalo
rare wilder, gravel, maze, cause to be at a stand, pose, obfuscate
2‘her intention was to baffle their plans’
thwart, frustrate, foil, baulk, check, block, hinder, obstruct, bar, prevent, deflect, divert
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