- 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
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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.
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