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[dis-kuh m-bob-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing.
  1. to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
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Origin of discombobulate

1825–35, Americanism; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort
Related formsdis·com·bob·u·la·tion, noun
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Related Words for discombobulate

confound, befuddle, disconcert, fluster, bewilder, disturb, ruffle, perplex, puzzle, upset, muddle, addle, baffle, frustrate, throw, fuddle

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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

British Dictionary definitions for discombobulate


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