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1fluster

verb flus·ter \ˈfləs-tər\

: to make (someone) nervous and confused

flus·teredflus·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FLUSTER

transitive verb
1
:  to make tipsy
2
:  to put into a state of agitated confusion :  upset
intransitive verb
:  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>.

2fluster

noun

Definition of FLUSTER

:  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>

First Known Use of FLUSTER

1712
FLUSTERED Defined for Kids

1fluster

verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\
flus·teredflus·ter·ing

Definition of FLUSTER for Kids

:  to make nervous and confused :  upset

2fluster

noun

Definition of FLUSTER for Kids

:  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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