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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of fluster

flustered

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flustering

play \ˈflə-st(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make tipsy

  3. 2 :  to put into a state of agitated confusion :  upset The speaker was obviously flustered by the interruption.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to move or behave in an agitated or confused manner The annoyed woman flustered out of the room.

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

Origin and Etymology of fluster

see 1fluster


First Known Use: 1712


FLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of fluster for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) nervous and confused


FLUSTER Defined for Kids

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fluster

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verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of fluster for Students

flustered

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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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