verb (used with or without object)

to flutter.

Origin of flitter

First recorded in 1535–45; flit + -er6
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Related Words for flittering

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

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Historical Examples of flittering

British Dictionary definitions for flittering



a less common word for flutter
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Word Origin and History for flittering



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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