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fluster

[fluhs-ter]
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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)
  1. to become agitatedly confused.
noun
  1. nervous excitement or confusion.

Origin of fluster

1375–1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry
Related formsun·flus·tered, adjective

Synonyms

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1. upset, bewilder, disconcert, disturb. 4. turmoil, agitation, upset, bewilderment, distraction.
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Examples from the Web for flustered

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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

verb
  1. to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
noun
  1. a state of confusion or agitation

Word Origin

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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