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verb flut·ter \ˈflə-tər\

Simple Definition of flutter

  • of a bird or insect : to move or flap the wings quickly without flying

  • : to fly lightly with quick beats of the wings

  • : to move with quick, light movements

Full Definition of flutter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to flap the wings rapidly

  3. 2 a :  to move with quick wavering or flapping motions b :  to vibrate in irregular spasms

  4. 3 :  to move about or behave in an agitated aimless manner

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to flutter

flut·ter·er play \-tər-ər\ noun
flut·tery play \-tər-ē\ adjective

Examples of flutter

  1. The bird was fluttering its wings.

  2. The bird's wings were fluttering.

  3. We watched the butterflies fluttering in the garden.

  4. Leaves fluttered to the ground.

  5. The breeze made the curtains flutter.

  6. The breeze fluttered the curtains.

  7. She fluttered her eyelashes at him.

  8. She nervously fluttered around the office.

Origin of flutter

Middle English floteren to float, flutter, from Old English floterian, frequentative of flotian to float; akin to Old English flēotan to float — more at fleet

First Known Use: before 12th century



noun flut·ter

Simple Definition of flutter

  • : a quick, light movement

  • : a state of excitement or confusion

  • : a small bet

Full Definition of flutter

  1. 1 :  an act of fluttering

  2. 2 a :  a state of nervous confusion or excitement b :  flurry, commotion c :  abnormal spasmodic fluttering of a body part <treatment of atrial flutter>

  3. 3 a :  a distortion in reproduced sound similar to but of a higher pitch than wow b :  fluctuation in the brightness of a television image

  4. 4 :  an unwanted oscillation (as of an aileron or a bridge) set up by natural forces

  5. 5 chiefly British :  a small speculative venture or gamble

Examples of flutter

  1. With a flutter of wings, the birds settled into the nest.

  2. The flutter of the flame cast shadows on the ceiling.

  3. He was in a flutter until he found his keys.

  4. The news of her resignation caused quite a flutter.

  5. have a flutter on a horse in the second race


First Known Use of flutter


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noun flut·ter \ˈflət-ər\

Medical Definition of flutter

  1. :  an abnormal rapid spasmodic and usually rhythmic motion or contraction of a body part <diaphragmatic flutter> <affected with ventricular flutter>

  2. flutter intransitive verb

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