discombobulate

verb
dis·com·bob·u·late | \ˌdis-kəm-ˈbä-b(y)ə-ˌlāt \
discombobulated; discombobulating

Definition of discombobulate 

transitive verb

: upset, confuse was discombobulated by her revelation inventing cool new ways to discombobulate the old order— Kurt Andersen

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discombobulation \-ˌbä-b(y)ə-ˈlā-shən \ noun

Examples of discombobulate in a Sentence

our grandmother seems a bit discombobulated by all of this birthday fuss

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James and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked discombobulated going up against the younger, more spry Boston Celtics in Game 5. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "LeBron James shows off uncanny memory with precise recall of all six Game 5 turnovers," 24 May 2018 The lone note of comic relief in Westworld continues to be Lee Sizemore, totally out of his depth and discombobulated when the arrows start flying. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: A Cut Above," 20 May 2018 The effect is at first exhilarating, then discombobulating, then exhausting. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, "Love Warrior," 1 June 2018 As a huge fan of VanderMeer’s book (and its subsequent volumes), I was initially discombobulated by Garland’s approach and just how radically different his take on Annihilation was. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Deconstructing Annihilation's Ending," 26 Feb. 2018 The menu feels discombobulated without the distinct personality that distinguishes a four-star restaurant. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 Playing without their two injured leading scorers, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier, the Magic were discombobulated all game long. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic struggle without Fournier and Gordon, lose to Kings 94-88," 10 Mar. 2018 The pre-credits sequence discombobulates viewers by opening with two entirely unfamiliar characters, who genially chat before heading out on an errand that jarringly shifts mood. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Atlanta and the Anxiety of Fame," 1 Mar. 2018 A few hours later, Harmon walked into a nearby church bloodied, bruised and discombobulated, wearing nothing but her underwear. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Woman Who Lied to Police About 3 Black Men Raping and Kidnapping Her Faces Zero Years in Prison," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of discombobulate

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discombobulate

probably alteration of discompose

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