flutter

verb
flut·​ter | \ ˈflə-tər How to pronounce flutter (audio) \
fluttered; fluttering; flutters

Definition of flutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to flap the wings rapidly butterflies fluttering among the flowers
2a : 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.

flutter

noun

Definition of flutter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of fluttering
2a : a state of nervous confusion or excitement
c : abnormal spasmodic fluttering of a body part treatment of atrial flutter
3a : 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

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Other Words from flutter

Verb

flutterer \ ˈflə-​tər-​ər How to pronounce flutter (audio) \ noun
fluttery \ ˈflə-​tər-​ē How to pronounce flutter (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for flutter

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of flutter in a Sentence

Verb The bird was fluttering its wings. The bird's wings were fluttering. We watched the butterflies fluttering in the garden. Leaves fluttered to the ground. The breeze made the curtains flutter. The breeze fluttered the curtains. She fluttered her eyelashes at him. She nervously fluttered around the office. Noun With a flutter of wings, the birds settled into the nest. The flutter of the flame cast shadows on the ceiling. He was in a flutter until he found his keys. The news of her resignation caused quite a flutter. have a flutter on a horse in the second race
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Alongside headstones honoring hundreds of the fallen who hailed from South Carolina, little flags flutter in the late spring breeze, each marked with the date - May 20, 1861 - when the state seceded from the Union. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 However, the piece feels like a joyous return to ballet, as the dancers flutter about in ecru tutus. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 26 May 2021 In the northern hemisphere, thick and fleshy petals from magnolia trees flutter past lilac blooms, the earth pungent with renewal. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Flags flutter in the spring sunshine, and dried flower petals scatter across pavement marked with names and slogans. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2021 Cage-free production doesn’t mean that chickens are set free to peck at the ground and flutter their wings in the sun. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2021 The shot caused the puck to flutter up in the air and behind the goalie where North Eastern players Monica Mumma and Guin Donovan were fighting through the defensive players to get a stick on that puck. Aegis Staff, baltimoresun.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Today, white and blue ribbons flutter in the wind the length of a city block. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2021 The editorial eye certainly admires the boldness and coherence of the Riviera's design, but the shape somehow doesn't make our hearts flutter instantly. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When O’Connell speaks, his hands sweep, flutter and slash. Justin Kaneps, WSJ, 30 May 2021 Advanced technology can detect an electric signal flutter as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, even though the embryo isn’t yet a fetus and doesn’t have a heart. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 Advanced technology can detect an electric signal flutter as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, even though the embryo isn’t yet a fetus and doesn’t have a heart. Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021 It’s made with a lightweight polyester fabric, which is perfect for warm temperatures, and has short flutter sleeves that people love. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 8 May 2021 If the audience effect is driven by predation, then the researchers would expect to see more of the whisperlike flutter call when fighters are alone and the ready-to-rumble squeal when other birds are present. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 6 May 2021 Advanced technology can detect an electric signal flutter as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, even though the embryo isn't yet a fetus and doesn't have a heart. Jim Vertuno, Chron, 5 May 2021 On her feet once more and hunched in a defense stance, Eggleston watched Gabriel’s loft flutter high and arc down toward sophomore outside hitter Skylar Fields. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 The liveliness of the first movement returns in the atonal finale, with pitch slides and vocal gargling effects, fast tremolos in the cello and thwacking accents and flutter-tonguing for the clarinet. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of flutter

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flutter

Verb and Noun

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

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“Flutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flutter. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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flutter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of flutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick, light movement
: a state of excitement or confusion
British, informal : a small bet

flutter

verb
flut·​ter | \ ˈflə-tər How to pronounce flutter (audio) \
fluttered; fluttering

Kids Definition of flutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

flutter

noun

Kids Definition of flutter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

flutter

noun
flut·​ter | \ ˈflət-ər How to pronounce flutter (audio) \

Medical Definition of flutter

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

Other Words from flutter

flutter intransitive verb

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