fluster

[fluhs-ter]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
  2. to excite and confuse with drink.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become agitatedly confused.
noun
  1. nervous excitement or confusion.

Origin of fluster

1375–1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry
Related formsun·flus·tered, adjective

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fluster

verb
  1. to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
noun
  1. a state of confusion or agitation

Word Origin for fluster

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle
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Word Origin and History for fluster
v.

early 15c. (implied in flostyrynge), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icelandic flaustr "bustle," flaustra "to bustle"). Originally "to excite," especially with drink; sense of "to flurry, confuse" is from 1724. Related: Flustered; flustering. As a noun, 1710, from the verb.

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