- to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
- to excite and confuse with drink.
- to become agitatedly confused.
- nervous excitement or confusion.
Origin of fluster
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Examples from the Web for flustered
It's important that though she's flustered she knows his number and stands up to him as his equal.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
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Flustered, I typed “iTunes” into the tiny oblong search box to see how many charges there were in total.Woman Finds Mysterious Charges on Her iTunes Bill: A Modern Whodunit!
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On the phone, Walt is flustered—he says “bug up his butt” instead of “stick”—but Skyler buys it.Latest ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode, ‘Ozymandias,’ Is Most Action-Packed Yet
September 16, 2013
As a flustered Ally regales the encounter, a flashback reveals the entire, surprisingly explicit soap-and-squeegee affair.The 'Reign' Steamy Stairwell Shocker & TV’s 13 Dirtiest Sex Scenes (VIDEO)
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Flustered at the lobby full of black people, the ad men discuss how best to handle the situation.Black Women Still Battle Mad Men in Corporate America
March 30, 2012
Now, when I'm arrested for speeding, I'm not in the least flustered—oh, not a little bit!
"It's all right, Fannie," Aggie said hastily to the flustered maid.
His waistcoat was red, and he wore knee-breeches, but his aspect was flustered.The Secret Agent
He was too flustered to do more than return the pressure of the small, firm hand.The Downfall
I was so flustered and—and tickled to see her that I forgot everything, manners and all.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
- a state of confusion or agitation
Word Origin and History for flustered
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.