Definition of discombobulate in English:



[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Disconcert or confuse (someone)

    ‘this attitude totally discombobulated Bruce’
    ‘he is looking a little pained and discombobulated’
    • ‘So when the train from London arrived ten minutes early, catching me with a compressed paper beaker half full with scalding hot coffee I was somewhat discombobulated.’
    • ‘Perhaps these inconstancies are part of the book's Art - an attempt to discombobulate the audience with extreme contradictions just as the characters live in a state of perpetual untruth and obfuscation.’
    • ‘On most of his leaps, he was too discombobulated at first to think clearly, let alone to come up with such a clever story.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that a shock deflation will put many people out of work and discombobulate the economy.’
    • ‘The mother is not the only one who has become discombobulated.’
    • ‘The tiny animal darted away nervously, no doubt totally discombobulated by the sight of two bubble-blowing monsters disturbing it's quiet lifestyle.’
    • ‘Even sports cliches are discombobulated with this team.’
    • ‘I am a slave to routine. Days like this make me feel discombobulated all day long.’
    • ‘Now that I'm in Vermont and earning money, I'm completely discombobulated.’
    • ‘When his sister Anna comes to stay, things briefly tilt towards farce as she stomps about, brandishing mop and bucket and discombobulating the household in a cleaning frenzy.’
    • ‘Some chefs are easy to trust-no matter how discombobulated the ingredient list, no matter how intense the food aversion.’
    • ‘If you choose not to do that, be prepared to discombobulate four lives and take your chances of it working out well or badly.’
    • ‘Andy was puzzled by how discombobulated I was on the phone, and I was too flummoxed to say anything until she'd left.’
    • ‘I smirked at Jen who was completely discombobulated and had stopped moving altogether.’
    • ‘The mysterious void discombobulated the men still on the field, who had never seen as such before.’
    • ‘Variety's the spice of life, but jumping from one thing to another this week will completely discombobulate you and everyone else.’
    • ‘We were suddenly discombobulated because we were not aware of any amendment to clause 1.’
    • ‘I think, at some point, some of these analysts should just look at this case and realize that it's discombobulating for the prosecution.’
    • ‘I was slightly discombobulated, turning around several times to make sure whom they were addressing.’
    • ‘Being around him discombobulates her to no end.’
    amaze, astonish, dumbfound, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, stupefy, daze, nonplus
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Mid 19th century: probably based on discompose or discomfit.