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fluster

[fluhs-ter] /ˈflʌs tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put into a state of agitated confusion:
His constant criticism flustered me.
2.
to excite and confuse with drink.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become agitatedly confused.
noun
4.
nervous excitement or confusion.
Origin of fluster
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry
Related forms
unflustered, adjective
Synonyms
1. upset, bewilder, disconcert, disturb. 4. turmoil, agitation, upset, bewilderment, distraction.
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  • Now, when I'm arrested for speeding, I'm not in the least flustered—oh, not a little bit!

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "It's all right, Fannie," Aggie said hastily to the flustered maid.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His waistcoat was red, and he wore knee-breeches, but his aspect was flustered.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He was too flustered to do more than return the pressure of the small, firm hand.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • I was so flustered and—and tickled to see her that I forgot everything, manners and all.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for flustered

fluster

/ˈflʌstə/
verb
1.
to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
noun
2.
a state of confusion or agitation
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle
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Word Origin and History for flustered

fluster

v.

early 15c. (implied in flostyrynge), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icelandic flaustr "bustle," flaustra "to bustle"). Originally "to excite," especially with drink; sense of "to flurry, confuse" is from 1724. Related: Flustered; flustering. As a noun, 1710, from the verb.

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