- to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Origin of discombobulate
Related Words for discombobulationpuzzlement, stupor, discomposure, bewilderment, muddle, befuddlement, fog, stupefaction, daze, perplexity, disconcertment
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Contemporary Examples of 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
- (tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw into confusion
Word Origin for discombobulate
1834, American English, fanciful coinage of a type popular then (originally discombobricate). Related: discombobulating; discombobulation.