- to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Origin of discombobulate
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Related Words for discombobulateconfound, befuddle, disconcert, fluster, bewilder, disturb, ruffle, perplex, puzzle, upset, muddle, addle, baffle, frustrate, throw, fuddle
Examples from the Web for discombobulate
Historical Examples of discombobulate
A personal assault by you on me will wake these people up and discombobulate Goldsmith.A House-Boat on the Styx
John Kendrick Bangs
- (tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw into confusion
Word Origin for discombobulate
C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit
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Word Origin and History for discombobulate
1834, American English, fanciful coinage of a type popular then (originally discombobricate). Related: discombobulating; discombobulation.
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