confusticate

[ kuh n-fuhs-ti-keyt ]
/ kənˈfʌs tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), con·fus·ti·cat·ed, con·fus·ti·cat·ing.

Slang. to confuse or perplex; bewilder.

Nearby words

  1. confused,
  2. confused elderly,
  3. confused flour beetle,
  4. confusing,
  5. confusion,
  6. confutation,
  7. confute,
  8. cong,
  9. cong.,
  10. conga

Origin of confusticate

1845–50; used by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit; pseudo-Latinism formed from English confuse

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Word Origin and History for confusticate

confusticate

v.

mid-19c., a fantastical American English coinage from confound or confuse, perhaps originally in minstrel show comedy, along with confubuscate, conflabberated, etc.

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