Definition of discombobulate in English:


Syllabification: dis·com·bob·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˌdiskəmˈbäbyəlāt


[with object] humorous , chiefly North American
Disconcert or confuse (someone): this attitude totally discombobulated Bruce (as adjective discombobulated) he is looking a little pained and discombobulated
More example sentences
  • Now that I'm in Vermont and earning money, I'm completely discombobulated.
  • I was slightly discombobulated, turning around several times to make sure whom they were addressing.
  • Being around him discombobulates her to no end.


mid 19th century: probably based on discompose or discomfit.



More example sentences
  • It's the kind of pleasant discombobulation you get from a midway hall of mirrors.
  • But the 39-year-old comedian's unsettled nature seems to run deeper than mere discombobulation at missing an appointment.
  • It's a slightly more melodic piece than what was on Wednesday's program, but the effect of discombobulation was basically the same.

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