[ dis-kuh m-bob-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˌdɪs kəmˈbɒb yəˌleɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. discoid lupus erythematosus,
  2. discology,
  3. discolor,
  4. discoloration,
  5. discolour,
  6. discombobulated,
  7. discomfit,
  8. discomfiture,
  9. discomfort,
  10. discomfortable

Origin of discombobulate

1825–35, Americanism; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort

Related formsdis·com·bob·u·la·tion, noun

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Examples from the Web for discombobulation

  • 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 discombobulation


/ (ˌdɪskəmˈbɒbjʊˌleɪt) /


(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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Word Origin and History for discombobulation



1834, American English, fanciful coinage of a type popular then (originally discombobricate). Related: discombobulating; discombobulation.

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