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flutter

verb flut·ter \ ˈflə-tər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of flutter

intransitive verb
1 :to flap the wings rapidly
  • butterflies fluttering among the flowers
2 a :to move with quick wavering or flapping motions
  • a sail fluttering in the wind
b :to vibrate in irregular spasms
  • his heart fluttered
3 :to move about or behave in an agitated aimless manner
  • She nervously fluttered around the office.
transitive verb
:to cause to flutter
  • The bird was fluttering its wings.

flutterer

play \ˈflə-tər-ər\ noun

fluttery

play \ˈflə-tər-ē\ adjective

Examples of flutter in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

flutter Synonyms


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flutter

noun

Definition of flutter

1 :an act of fluttering
2 a :a state of nervous confusion or excitement
c :abnormal spasmodic fluttering of a body part
  • treatment of atrial flutter
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 :an unwanted oscillation (as of an aileron or a bridge) set up by natural forces
5 chiefly British :a small speculative venture or gamble

Examples of flutter in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of flutter from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flutter

Other Audio Recording Terms


FLUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

flutter

verb

Definition of flutter for English Language Learners

  • 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


flutter

noun

Definition of flutter for English Language Learners

  • : a quick, light movement

  • : a state of excitement or confusion

  • : a small bet


FLUTTER Defined for Kids

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flutter

verb flut·ter \ ˈflə-tər \

Definition of flutter for Students

fluttered; fluttering
1 :to move the wings rapidly without flying or in making short flights
  • Butterflies fluttered over the garden.
2 :to move with a quick flapping motion
  • Flags fluttered in the wind.
3 :to move about excitedly Salesclerks fluttered about the store.

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flutter

noun

Definition of flutter for Students

1 :an act of moving or flapping quickly
  • a flutter of wings
2 :a state of excitement
  • The contestants were all in a flutter.

Medical Dictionary

flutter

noun flut·ter \ ˈflət-ər \

medical Definition of flutter

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

flutter

intransitive verb


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