American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make or become nervous or upset.
- n. A state of agitation, confusion, or excitement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To confuse; embarrass, as by a surprise; cause to flush and move or speak hurriedly and confusedly; flurry.
- To confuse with drink; make hot and rosy with drinking; fuddle.
- Synonyms To excite, disconcert, disturb, perturb, flurry, worry.
- To become confused, as with drink; be fuddled; be flurried.
- n. Confusion or embarrassment caused by surprise; mental confusion and excitement or perturbation; flurry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make hot and rosy, as with drinking; to heat; hence, to throw into agitation and confusion; to confuse; to muddle.
- v. To be in a heat or bustle; to be agitated and confused.
- n. Heat or glow, as from drinking; agitation mingled with confusion; disorder.
- v. cause to be nervous or upset
- n. a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
- v. be flustered; behave in a confused manner
- From Scandinavian origin, akin to Icelandic flaustra ("to be flustered") (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English flostring, agitation, probably of Scandinavian origin; see pleu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Perhaps Mr. Batty was a person of notable industry -- perhaps remarkable for always beings in a "fluster" -- perhaps the rural Paul Pry of his day and district.”
“But th 'owd lad wur i' sich a fluster, that istid o 'stoppin' it, he swapped th 'barrel to another tune.”
“This will fluster Manning and could force him into ill-advised passes that lead to interceptions.”
“Wallace did his part to fluster No. 1 overall pick John Wall, who committed a preseason-high six turnovers, partly because he wasn't used to playing against a big man who came up looking to bat away his passes in pick-and-roll situations.”
“Determined to fluster New England's Tom Brady, the Jets flooded the field Sunday night with as many as seven defensive backs at times in an effort to clog potential passing lanes and narrow the quarterback's throwing windows.”
“She endures for reasons beyond the fame and talent of her chroniclers, however; the issues that she raised continue to fluster and fascinate.”
“As the questioning continued, though, the hitherto unguarded Ms. Zuckerberg began to fluster.”
“Mr. Cowley was all grin and fluster as he approached her.”
“Entitled Nothing On, it is filled with fluster, sardines, slamming doors, illicit nookie and fake sheikhs.”
“In vain did yo yo threaten and bluster, the man from Texas, yo never did fluster.”
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