flustered

adjective flus·tered \ ˈflə-stərd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of flustered

: in a state of agitated confusion
  • She became so flustered that she'd … kept repeating, "Gosh, I can't even think …" Later she confided, "I was almost in tears right after doing those numbers."
  • —Stephen S. Hall
  • The flustered lady gave me a blank stare and said, "That's not Mr. Franklin. The guard said Mr. Franklin was on his way up."
  • —Dick Francis
  • … the oxen … seemed more patient and less flustered than their masters …
  • —Deborah Straw

flusteredly

adverb
    • "Everything's under control, I think!" she says a little flusteredly. "We had a problem with the table posies, but fingers crossed, they should be on their way … ."
    • —Sophie Kinsella

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