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discombobulate

[ dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt ]
/ 藢d瑟s k蓹m藞b蓲b y蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dis路com路bob路u路lat路ed, dis路com路bob路u路lat路ing.
Informal. to confuse or disconcert; confound; bewilder: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
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Origin of discombobulate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM discombobulate

dis路com路bob路u路la路tion [dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-ley-shuhn], /藢d瑟s k蓹m藢b蓲b y蓹藞le瑟 蕛蓹n/, 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聽 the influence of words with similar senses like discomfit or discompose in it.

Many more amusing Americanisms await in our slideshow “These Wacky Words Originated In The USA.”

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Discombobulate has some shorter (but arguably less-fun-to-say) synonyms in baffle, befuddle, and frustrate.

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 鈥淒iscombobulate,鈥 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for discombobulate

discombobulate
/ (藢d瑟sk蓹m藞b蓲bj蕣藢le瑟t) /

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

Word Origin for discombobulate

C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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