discombobulate

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Definition: (verb) To throw into a state of confusion. Synonyms: befuddle, confound, confuse, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw. Usage: The student's surprising question discombobulated the teacher, who found herself tongue-tied for the first time in her career. Discuss

lighthearted

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Definition: (adjective) Not being burdened by trouble, worry, or care; happy and carefree. Synonyms: lightsome, blithe. Usage: We knew that things were hard for our Bohemian neighbors, but the two girls were lighthearted and never complained. Discuss

brusque

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Definition: (adjective) Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. Synonyms: curt, short, gruff. Usage: I did not think of asking him for details, and he told me the story roughly in brusque, disconnected sentences. Discuss