fluster

verb
flus·​ter | \ ˈflə-stər How to pronounce fluster (audio) \
flustered; flustering\ ˈflə-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce fluster (audio) \

Definition of fluster

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transitive verb

1 : to put into a state of agitated confusion : upset The speaker was obviously flustered by the interruption. "Now don't overexcite yourself, Grandpa," Mrs. Bucket said. "And don't fluster poor Charlie. We must all try to keep very calm."— Roald Dahl
2 : to make tipsy There is much that is, in truth, dishonest even in honest play. A man who can keep himself sober after dinner plays [cards] with one who flusters himself with drink.— Anthony Trollope

fluster

noun

Definition of fluster (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of agitated confusion They had been talking about it for days, and when they were getting ready to go out they were all in a fluster.— Louise Fitzhugh

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Verb

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

Examples of fluster in a Sentence

Verb The interruption flustered the speaker. Some speakers fluster more easily than others. Noun all the yelling on the bus put the driver in a fluster there was a palpable fluster in the audience when I asked my awkward question
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the club hosts a celebrated novelist, the group tries to one-up one another, and one member brings up a perplexing subject — just to fluster the others. oregonlive, 5 May 2021 Eric Curry chipped in while Robbins was out with first-half foul trouble and finished with six points and three steals to fluster Dickinson, who had 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting in the last game against the Gophers. Dave Campbell, ajc, 16 Jan. 2021 Minnesota’s defense came out of nowhere to fluster Aaron Rodgers down the stretch, and while the Vikings’ record improved to only 2-5, the team earned some N.F.C. North bragging rights. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2020 So the front four have to get home if the Colts are going to fluster a quarterback. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2020 Philadelphia’s talented front four could fluster Lamar Jackson, but count on the MVP to deliver a bounce-back performance, fans or no fans. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 15 Oct. 2020 In PvP, being able to jump around and fluster an enemy player without losing control of your crosshairs, however briefly, is a clear advantage. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 9 June 2020 Two nights after flustering LeBron James and the Lakers in a blowout, Boston on Wednesday shut down Morant more thoroughly than anyone has, limiting him to 2 points and 5 assists in a 119-95 romp. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Jan. 2020 Trap game With Kemba Walker out and Tatum scorching the Lakers last Sunday, Los Angeles flustered Tatum a bit by swarming him with traps beyond the 3-point line. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the 4 1/2 games Chubb missed, the Browns had their quarterback win a game (Bengals), needed last-second heroics from Odell Beckham Jr. in Dallas, and had the defense fluster Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers into two interceptions and a safety. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2020 Some believe the team uses the roof for competitive advantages -- closed to trap and amplify crowd noise or open to fluster opposing quarterbacks and kickers. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2020 Bayard’s book has the luster of Abraham Lincoln as a protagonist and the fluster of the 16th president’s ambiguous sexuality at its heart. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, 11 June 2019 The fluster of lies Hanks’ Falstaff employs as a shield against rejection is touchingly pulled off. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, 10 June 2018 Fromm has shown the poise of a veteran all season, but Saban's defenses have been known to fluster even experienced quarterbacks and Fitzpatrick is an extension of Saban on the field. Ralph D. Russo, Houston Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2018 Marcel Marceau, Paul Anka, every French singer since Piaf, mostly recruited by his impossible-to-fluster translator and friend Yanou Collart. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fluster

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fluster

Verb and Noun

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic flaustur hurry

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The first known use of fluster was in 1604

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“Fluster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluster. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for fluster

fluster

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fluster

: to make (someone) nervous and confused

fluster

verb
flus·​ter | \ ˈflə-stər How to pronounce fluster (audio) \
flustered; flustering

Kids Definition of fluster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make nervous and confused : upset

fluster

noun

Kids Definition of fluster (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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