verb (used with object), dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM discombobulatedis·com·bob·u·la·tion, noun
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Where does discombobulate come from?
Discombobulate, meaning “to confuse, frustrate,” sounds like something straight out of a cartoon. It was first recorded in the form discomboberate in the early 1800s, and apparently originated as a humorous imitation of hifalutin-sounding Latin words. We can also detect the influence of words with similar senses like discomfit or discompose in it.
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Straighten all this discombobulation out with more synonyms on Thesaurus.com. Try the word confuse, for starters.
Discombobulate also has some notable pop culture connections. The score of the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes features a track entitled “Discombobulate,” composed by Hans Zimmer. That title takes its name from a line spoken by the title character during a memorable boxing match, which spawned a meme known as Discombobulate.
Example sentences from the Web for 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