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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈfləs-tər\

Simple Definition of fluster

  • : to make (someone) nervous and confused

Full Definition of fluster

flus·teredflus·ter·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make tipsy

  3. 2 :  to put into a state of agitated confusion :  upset

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move or behave in an agitated or confused manner

flus·tered·ly adverb

Examples of fluster

  1. The interruption flustered the speaker.

  2. Some speakers fluster more easily than others.



Origin of fluster

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic flaustur hurry


First Known Use: 1604

Synonym Discussion of fluster

discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress <discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife>. disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind <the disquieting news of factories closing>. disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption <the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me>. perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions <perturbed by her husband's strange behavior>. agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement <in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work>. upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief <the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child>. fluster suggests bewildered agitation <his declaration of love completely flustered her>.

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fluster

noun flus·ter

Definition of fluster

  1. :  a state of agitated confusion



Examples of fluster

  1. <all the yelling on the bus put the driver in a fluster>

  2. <there was a palpable fluster in the audience when I asked my awkward question>



1712

First Known Use of fluster

1712


FLUSTER Defined for Kids

1

fluster

play
verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of fluster

flus·teredflus·ter·ing

  1. :  to make nervous and confused :  upset




2

fluster

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noun flus·ter

Definition of fluster

  1. :  a state of nervous confusion <… when they were getting ready to go out they were all in a fluster. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>





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