Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To make or become nervous or upset.
  • noun A state of agitation, confusion, or excitement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Confusion or embarrassment caused by surprise; mental confusion and excitement or perturbation; flurry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To confuse, befuddle, throw into panic by making overwrought with confusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to be nervous or upset
  • noun a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
  • verb be flustered; behave in a confused manner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English flostring, agitation, probably of Scandinavian origin; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Scandinavian origin, akin to Icelandic flaustra ("to be flustered")

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

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

    Noises Off - review

  • 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...

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

    Florida Python Cast & Blast

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

    On The Sly

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Redskins-Colts keys to victory: defense

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

    Networking Offline

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