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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become agitatedly confused.
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  1. nervous excitement or confusion.
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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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  • Now, when I'm arrested for speeding, I'm not in the least flustered—oh, not a little bit!

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "It's all right, Fannie," Aggie said hastily to the flustered maid.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • His waistcoat was red, and he wore knee-breeches, but his aspect was flustered.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He was too flustered to do more than return the pressure of the small, firm hand.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • I was so flustered and—and tickled to see her that I forgot everything, manners and all.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for flustered


  1. to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
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  1. a state of confusion or agitation
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Word Origin

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



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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