to wave, flap, or toss about: Banners fluttered in the breeze.
to flap the wings rapidly; fly with flapping movements.
to move in quick, irregular motions; vibrate.
to beat rapidly, as the heart.
to be tremulous or agitated.
to go with irregular motions or aimless course: to flutter back and forth.
to cause to flutter; vibrate; agitate.
to throw into nervous or tremulous excitement; cause mental agitation; confuse.
a fluttering movement: He made little nervous flutters with his hands.
a state of nervous excitement or mental agitation: a flutter of anticipation.
- flut·ter·er, noun
- flut·ter·ing·ly, adverb
- un·flut·tered, adjective
- un·flut·ter·ing, adjective
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How to use flutter in a sentence
There are ghosts that may flutter above the stage at the Met.
Farrow smiles and butterflies flutter and stars shoot across the night sky.
It started off small: a hint of annoyance here, a flutter of incredulity there.Just Kill Mr. Bates Already! How to Save ‘Downton Abbey’ | Andrew Romano | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are no red carpets and you just flutter about watching films.Carey Mulligan, Star of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ on the Coen Brothers, ‘N Sync Fandom, Lorde, and More | Marlow Stern | December 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just as suddenly she was gone, leaving a flutter of red curtains.Nepal Old and New: Kathmandu Valley’s Royal Cities Get a Facelift | Condé Nast Traveler | August 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They generally flutter for two or three minutes about the most elevated point of any object, and then disappear.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Oh, Ive had it out and felt behind it, urged Miss Carrington, all of a flutter now.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
There was a note in her voice of such absolute sincerity, mingled with fear, that he opened his arms and let her flutter away.A Butterfly on the Wheel | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
It is why they have black wings and tails, why they flutter so with joy, and why they never finish their song.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
He half expected a check to fall fluttering to the floor; but alas, there was not a single flutter.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for flutter
to wave or cause to wave rapidly; flap
(intr) (of birds, butterflies, etc) to flap the wings
(intr) to move, esp downwards, with an irregular motion
(intr) pathol (of the auricles of the heart) to beat abnormally rapidly, esp in a regular rhythm
to be or make nervous or restless
(intr) to move about restlessly
swimming to cause (the legs) to move up and down in a flutter kick or (of the legs) to move in this way
(tr) British informal to wager or gamble (a small amount of money)
a quick flapping or vibrating motion
a state of nervous excitement or confusion
excited interest; sensation; stir
British informal a modest bet or wager
pathol an abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (200 to 400 beats per minute), esp in a regular rhythm, sometimes resulting in heart block
electronics a slow variation in pitch in a sound-reproducing system, similar to wow but occurring at higher frequencies
a potentially dangerous oscillation of an aircraft, or part of an aircraft, caused by the interaction of aerodynamic forces, structural elastic reactions, and inertia
swimming See flutter kick
Also called: flutter tonguing music a method of sounding a wind instrument, esp the flute, with a rolling movement of the tongue
- flutterer, noun
- flutteringly, adverb
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