from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become nervous or upset.
- n. A state of agitation, confusion, or excitement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To confuse, befuddle, throw into panic by making overwrought with confusion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make hot and rosy, as with drinking; to heat; hence, to throw into agitation and confusion; to confuse; to muddle.
- intransitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 Middle English flostring, agitation, probably of Scandinavian origin; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scandinavian origin, akin to Icelandic flaustra ("to be flustered") (Wiktionary)