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discombobulate

[ dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˌdɪs kəmˈbɒb yəˌleɪt /
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Definition of discombobulate

verb (used with object), dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·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 1825–35; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort

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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How to use discombobulate in a sentence

  • And this bit of information that they had discovered that started the discombobulation process of Nixon – the stuff about Colson.

    David Frost on Frost/Nixon|The Daily Beast|December 6, 2008|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for discombobulate

discombobulate
/ (ˌdɪskəmˈbɒbjʊˌleɪt) /

verb
(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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