Definitions

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

  • n. Heat or glow, as from drinking; agitation mingled with confusion; disorder.
  • intransitive v. To be in a heat or bustle; to be agitated and confused.
  • transitive v. To make hot and rosy, as with drinking; to heat; hence, to throw into agitation and confusion; to confuse; to muddle.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Notes and Queries, Number 33, June 15, 1850

  • But th 'owd lad wur i' sich a fluster, that istid o 'stoppin' it, he swapped th 'barrel to another tune.

    Th' Barrel Organ

  • This will fluster Manning and could force him into ill-advised passes that lead to interceptions.

    Redskins-Colts keys to victory: defense

  • 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.

    Ben Wallace teaches lessons, Trevor Booker does Wallace impression

  • 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.

    And Now for Something Completely Different...

  • She endures for reasons beyond the fame and talent of her chroniclers, however; the issues that she raised continue to fluster and fascinate.

    Still Under Cleopatra's Spell

  • As the questioning continued, though, the hitherto unguarded Ms. Zuckerberg began to fluster.

    Networking Offline

  • Mr. Cowley was all grin and fluster as he approached her.

    On The Sly

  • Entitled Nothing On, it is filled with fluster, sardines, slamming doors, illicit nookie and fake sheikhs.

    Noises Off - review

  • In vain did yo yo threaten and bluster, the man from Texas, yo never did fluster.

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

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