Gaffle vs Baffle - What's the difference?

gaffle | baffle |


In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between gaffle and baffle

is that gaffle is (obsolete) a lever used to bend a crossbow while baffle is (obsolete) to hoodwink or deceive (someone).

As nouns the difference between gaffle and baffle

is that gaffle is (obsolete) a lever used to bend a crossbow while baffle is a device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.

As verbs the difference between gaffle and baffle

is that gaffle is to seize while baffle is (obsolete) to publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

gaffle

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A lever used to bend a crossbow
  • A steel spur attached to a gamecock
  • Verb

    (gaffl)
  • To seize
  • To steal
  • Gaffling is a planning technique for orienteering relay courses whereby individual routes are planned so as to vary slightly and to make following difficult. This means that the competition depends more on navigational skills rather than just physical ability. See British Orienteering Federation's Event Guideline F for Relay Events, Section 3.
  • To talk incessantly without a purpose, usually about inane or pointless topics; to banter.
  • References

    *OED 2nd edition 1989 (noun sense)

    baffle

    English

    Verb

    (baffl)
  • (obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.7:
  • He by the heeles him hung upon a tree, / And baffuld so, that all which passed by / The picture of his punishment might see […].
  • (obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone).
  • (Barrow)
  • To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex.
  • I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
  • * Prescott
  • calculations so difficult as to have baffled , until within a recent period, the most enlightened nations
  • * John Locke
  • The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us.
  • * Cowper
  • the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim
  • * South
  • a suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all
  • To struggle in vain.
  • A ship baffles with the winds.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
  • Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
  • An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.