- to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Origin of discombobulate
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Related Wordspuzzlement, stupor, discomposure, bewilderment, muddle, befuddlement, fog, stupefaction, daze, perplexity, disconcertment
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
- (tr) informal, mainly US and Canadian to throw into confusion
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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