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flitter1

[flit-er] /ˈflɪt ər/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to flutter.
Origin of flitter1
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; flit + -er6

flitter2

[flit-er] /ˈflɪt ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that flits.
Origin
First recorded in 1535-45; flit + -er1

flitter3

[flit-er] /ˈflɪt ər/
noun
1.
fine metallic fragments, especially as used for ornamentation.
Origin
Borrowed into English from German around 1840-50

flitter4

[flit-er] /ˈflɪt ər/
noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
a fritter or pancake.
Origin
apparently by dissimilation from fritter2
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flitter

/ˈflɪtə/
verb
1.
a less common word for flutter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flitter
v.

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.

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