- to flutter.
Origin of flitter1
- a person or thing that flits.
Origin of flitter2
- fine metallic fragments, especially as used for ornamentation.
Origin of flitter3
Borrowed into English from German around 1840–50
- a fritter or pancake.
Origin of flitter4
apparently by dissimilation from fritter2
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Examples from the Web for flitter
The tiny control room of the flitter grew hotter and hotter.
The flitter was not even out of the crater when the bomb went off.
"I'll have everything on the tapes in the flitter," Cloud reminded.
The fact is there was not one who really knew anything about Flitter.
Mrs. Flitter carries her babies about with her until they are quite big.
- a less common word for flutter
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Word Origin and History for flitter
1540s, from flit with frequentative suffix. Flitter-mouse (1540s) is occasionally used in English, in imitation of German fledermaus "bat," from Old High German fledaron "to flutter." Related: Flittered; flittering. As a noun, from 1892.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper