[ dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt ]
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verb (used with object),dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing.
  1. Informal. to confuse or disconcert; confound; bewilder: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.

Origin of discombobulate

An Americanism first recorded in 1825–35; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort

Other words for discombobulate

Other words from discombobulate

  • dis·com·bob·u·la·tion [dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-ley-shuhn], /ˌdɪs kəmˌbɒb yəˈleɪ ʃən/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for discombobulate


/ (ˌdɪskəmˈbɒbjʊˌleɪt) /

  1. (tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw into confusion

Origin of discombobulate

C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit

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