flutter

[ fluht-er ]
/ ˈflʌt ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to flutter; vibrate; agitate.
to throw into nervous or tremulous excitement; cause mental agitation; confuse.

noun

Origin of flutter

before 1000; Middle English floteren, Old English floterian, frequentative of flotian to float
SYNONYMS FOR flutter
2 See fly1.
10 flurry, twitter, stir, dither.
Related formsflut·ter·er, nounflut·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·flut·tered, adjectiveun·flut·ter·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flutter

flutter

/ (ˈflʌtə) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsflutterer, nounflutteringly, adverb

Word Origin for flutter

Old English floterian to float to and fro; related to German flattern; see float
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Word Origin and History for flutter

flutter


v.

Old English floterian "to flutter, fly, flicker, float to and fro, be tossed by waves," frequentative of flotian "to float" (see float (v.)). Related: Fluttered; fluttering. As a noun from 1640s; meaning "state of excitement" is 1740s.

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Medicine definitions for flutter

flutter

[ flŭtər ]

n.

Abnormally rapid pulsation, especially of the atria or ventricles of the heart.
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