- to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
- to excite and confuse with drink.
- to become agitatedly confused.
- nervous excitement or confusion.
Origin of fluster
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Examples from the Web for fluster
There was no longer any fluster of doubt and hesitation in his manner.A Houseful of Girls
And you'll realize, dear reader, that you're all in a fluster, inwardly.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
You might as well try to move one of the pyramids as fluster him.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14
No speech or behaviour from the country lads was likely to fluster her.The Surprises of Life
I am the man to take at once, and fluster a woman, and reckon her ribs for her.The Heroine
Eaton Stannard Barrett
- to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
- a state of confusion or agitation
Word Origin and History for fluster
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.