disjointed; broken.
not coherent; seemingly irrational: a disconnected argument.

Origin of disconnected

First recorded in 1775–85; disconnect + -ed2
Related formsdis·con·nect·ed·ly, adverbdis·con·nect·ed·ness, nounun·dis·con·nect·ed, adjectiveun·dis·con·nect·ed·ly, adverb

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verb (used with object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach: They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.

verb (used without object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up: State your business and disconnect.
to withdraw into one's private world: When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.


an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
a lack of communication or agreement: There is a huge disconnect between management and employees.

Origin of disconnect

First recorded in 1760–70; dis-1 + connect
Related formsdis·con·nect·er, noundis·con·nec·tive, adjectivedis·con·nec·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for disconnected

Contemporary Examples of disconnected

Historical Examples of disconnected

  • And Simon again sunk into his own dim and disconnected reveries.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But these were only the disconnected parts of a merry-go-round.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Again Jean, in stammering, disconnected sentences, besought him to be quiet.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Fragments of his life formed the subject of the words, incoherent and disconnected.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • He had a look of intense excitement, and his speaking was abrupt and disconnected.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for disconnected



not rationally connected; confused or incoherent
not connected or joined
Derived Formsdisconnectedly, adverbdisconnectedness, noun



(tr) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)


a lack of a connection; disconnectiona disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Formsdisconnecter, noundisconnection or disconnexion, noundisconnective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disconnected



1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

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