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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.

  1. nervous excitement or confusion.

Origin of fluster

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra “to hurry”

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How to use fluster in a sentence

  • He recalls bad dates, good brothers, the process of coming out, and the fluster of being outed.

  • There was no longer any fluster of doubt and hesitation in his manner.

    A Houseful of Girls | Sarah Tytler
  • The three sisters took care of themselves and their house with the elegant ease and lack of fluster of gentlewomen born and bred.

    The Yates Pride | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The Doctor said that he should himself bear them company, leaving the "younger men" to "fume and fluster and explore."

    East Angels | Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • For all his affectation of leisureliness and her obvious fluster, no doubt about it, Joe was gaining on her.

    The Magnetic North | Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

British Dictionary definitions for fluster


/ (ˈflʌstə) /

  1. to make or become confused, nervous, or upset

  1. a state of confusion or agitation

Origin of fluster

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle

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