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[dis-kuh m-bob-yuh-leyt] /ˌdɪs kəmˈbɒb yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), discombobulated, discombobulating.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate:
The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Origin of discombobulate
1825-35, Americanism; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort
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discombobulation, noun Unabridged
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  • A personal assault by you on me will wake these people up and discombobulate Goldsmith.

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British Dictionary definitions for discombobulate


(transitive) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to throw into confusion
Word Origin
C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit
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Word Origin and History for discombobulate

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for discombobulate



  1. To disturb; upset; bug
  2. To perplex; puzzle: The fancy words discombobulated me (1830s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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