[kuh n-fuhs-ti-keyt]

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

Slang. to confuse or perplex; bewilder.

Origin of confusticate

1845–50; used by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit; pseudo-Latinism formed from English confuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for confusticate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper