fluster

[ fluhs-ter ]
/ ˈflʌs tər /

verb (used with object)

to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
to excite and confuse with drink.

verb (used without object)

to become agitatedly confused.

noun

nervous excitement or confusion.

Nearby words

  1. flush-decked,
  2. flushed,
  3. flushing,
  4. flushometer,
  5. flushwork,
  6. flustrated,
  7. flute,
  8. fluted,
  9. fluter,
  10. flutey

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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British Dictionary definitions for fluster

fluster

/ (ˈflʌstə) /

verb

to make or become confused, nervous, or upset

noun

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

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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