[ flit-er-mous ]

noun,plural flit·ter·mice [flit-er-mahys]. /ˈflɪt ərˌmaɪs/.

Origin of flittermouse

1540–50; flitter1 + mouse; calque of German Fledermaus

Words Nearby flittermouse

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How to use flittermouse in a sentence

  • Coming out of the candle-light, I blinked like a flittermouse.

    Back o' the Moon | Oliver Onions
  • flittermouse in a rage went straight to the constable and denounced his patron as a sheep-stealer.

    A Shepherd's Life | W. H. Hudson
  • Indeed, as he spoke a flittermouse scurried through the air within a foot of her ear.

    Castle Craneycrow | George Barr McCutcheon
  • One of the strangest things about the flittermouse is its voice.

    Everyday Adventures | Samuel Scoville
  • Over all the jackdaws chime and chatter, for it is their home now, and they share it with the owl and the flittermouse.

    A West Country Pilgrimage | Eden Phillpots

British Dictionary definitions for flittermouse


/ (ˈflɪtəˌmaʊs) /

nounplural -mice
  1. a dialect name for bat 2 (def. 1)

Origin of flittermouse

C16: translation of German Fledermaus; see flitter, mouse

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