discombobulate(redirected from discombobulating)
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tr.v. dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing, dis·com·bob·u·lates
To throw into a state of confusion. See Synonyms at befuddle.
[Perhaps alteration of discompose.]
(tr) informal chiefly US and Canadian to throw into confusion
[C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit]
dis•com•bob•u•late(ˌdɪs kəmˈbɒb yəˌleɪt)
v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate.
Past participle: discombobulated
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|Verb||1.||discombobulate - cause to be confused emotionally|
|2.||discombobulate - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"|
demoralize - confuse or put into disorder; "the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"