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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to flutter.

Origin of flitter1

First recorded in 1535–45; flit + -er6


  1. a person or thing that flits.

Origin of flitter2

First recorded in 1535–45; flit + -er1


  1. fine metallic fragments, especially as used for ornamentation.

Origin of flitter3

Borrowed into English from German around 1840–50


noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a fritter or pancake.

Origin of flitter4

apparently by dissimilation from fritter2
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Examples from the Web for flitter

Historical Examples

  • The tiny control room of the flitter grew hotter and hotter.

    The Vortex Blaster

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The flitter was not even out of the crater when the bomb went off.

    The Vortex Blaster

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "I'll have everything on the tapes in the flitter," Cloud reminded.

    The Vortex Blaster

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for flitter


  1. 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