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[uh-fluht-er] /əˈflʌt ər/
in a flutter.
Origin of aflutter
First recorded in 1820-30; a-1 + flutter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The line ended with a flock of bicycles all aflutter with ribbons and pennants.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua Mabell S. C. Smith
  • She was all aflutter with expectancy not untinged by fear, she knew not of what.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • He was all aflutter, and asked that I remain, as the General would not be long.

  • At once the Princess was aflutter with eagerness and excitement.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • The rosy Hilda, all aflutter, began to apologize for the state of her house which was as spotless as a new pan.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • When at last, all aflutter, Jeanne danced away into the wings, even the musicians dropped their instruments to applaud.

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for aflutter


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
in or into a nervous or excited state
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aflutter

1830, from a- (1) + flutter (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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