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aflutter

[uh-fluht-er]
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adjective
  1. in a flutter.
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Origin of aflutter

First recorded in 1820–30; a-1 + flutter
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Examples from the Web for aflutter

Historical Examples

  • The line ended with a flock of bicycles all aflutter with ribbons and pennants.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua

    Mabell S. C. Smith

  • She was all aflutter with expectancy not untinged by fear, she knew not of what.

  • He was all aflutter, and asked that I remain, as the General would not be long.

  • At once the Princess was aflutter with eagerness and excitement.

    Graustark

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • The rosy Hilda, all aflutter, began to apologize for the state of her house which was as spotless as a new pan.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North


British Dictionary definitions for aflutter

aflutter

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. in or into a nervous or excited state
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Word Origin and History for aflutter

adj.

1830, from a- (1) + flutter (v.).

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