verb (used with object), dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
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Origin of discombobulate
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Contemporary Examples of discombobulated
(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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1834 (as discombobracated); see discombobulate.
1834, American English, fanciful coinage of a type popular then (originally discombobricate). Related: discombobulating; discombobulation.
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