flitter

1
[flit-er]
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Origin of flitter

1
First recorded in 1535–45; flit + -er6

flitter

2
[flit-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that flits.

Origin of flitter

2
First recorded in 1535–45; flit + -er1

flitter

3
[flit-er]
noun
  1. fine metallic fragments, especially as used for ornamentation.

Origin of flitter

3
Borrowed into English from German around 1840–50

flitter

4
[flit-er]
noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a fritter or pancake.

Origin of flitter

4
apparently by dissimilation from fritter2
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Related Words for flitter

fly, flop, zip, flit, flicker, wave, skim, swoop, waver, ripple, waggle, dart

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British Dictionary definitions for flitter

flitter

verb
  1. a less common word for flutter
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Word Origin and History for flitter
v.

1540s, from flit with frequentative suffix. Flitter-mouse (1540s) is occasionally used in English, in imitation of German fledermaus "bat," from Old High German fledaron "to flutter." Related: Flittered; flittering. As a noun, from 1892.

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