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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈfləs-tər\

Simple Definition of fluster

  • : to make (someone) nervous and confused

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fluster

flustered

flustering

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

flusteredly

adverb

Examples of fluster in a sentence

  1. The interruption flustered the speaker.

  2. Some speakers fluster more easily than others.



Origin and Etymology 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 in a sentence

  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

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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of fluster for Students

flustered

flustering

  1. :  to make nervous and confused :  upset




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fluster

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noun flus·ter

Definition of fluster for Students

  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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