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fluttery

[fluht-uh-ree] /ˈflʌt ə ri/
adjective
1.
fluttering; apt to flutter.
Origin of fluttery
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at flutter, -y1
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  • He had been given only a mild shock, but it had been enough for his fluttery, cranky heart.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • You like a girl who is helpless and fluttery, who can be patronized.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • Betsy wondered if she really always had been as fluttery as this.

    Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield
  • He began his fluttery elbow movements again and looked around at Dotty with a triumphant smile.

    The Old Martians Roger Phillips Graham
  • She was speaking very slowly, her eyes warm and fluttery and melting, a soft flush on her cheeks that did not go away.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • The servants were disconcerted, and scarcely knew how to take her fluttery yet imperious orders.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • Then the ends of the ribbons can trail down the sides of the programmes sort of fluttery and graceful.

    The Little Colonel in Arizona Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The housing is of a light, fluttery material, probably covering an armour of chain-mail.

  • Miss Effie Allendyce took her under her wing in a fluttery, mothery sort of a way with a great many "my dear's."

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for fluttery

fluttery

/ˈflʌtərɪ/
adjective
1.
flapping rapidly; fluttering
2.
showing nervousness or excitement
3.
light or insubstantial
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