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OTHER WORDS FROM flutterflut·ter·er, nounflut·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·flut·tered, adjectiveun·flut·ter·ing, adjective
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What does flutter mean?
To flutter is to wave, flap, or toss, usually in reference to wings. The baby robin fluttered its wings as it prepared to fly from the nest for the first time.
To flutter is to move in a quick, irregular motion or to vibrate, as when a flag flutters in a small breeze. Often, the difference between flapping and fluttering is that fluttering wings move in an irregular pattern or so fast that you cannot distinguish individual flaps.
A flutter is the movement of fluttering, as in The flutter of a hummingbird’s wings is so fast that it creates a buzzing sound.
A flutter is also a figurative term that describes a moment of nervousness, such as you might feel before a big exam. Some people describe it as feeling like butterflies fluttering in their stomach. A fluttering stomach is a nervous one, perhaps feeling slightly queasy. Other people describe such a feeling as a fluttering heart, particularly when they feel nervous about someone they have romantic feelings for. This, too, is figurative.
In medicine, flutter is used literally to describe an irregular heartbeat, often in the term atrial flutter, which can cause irregular blood flow and different issues in the body. If your heart flutters and it’s not temporary nervousness, you should tell your doctor.
Example: I always get a little flutter the night before a performance.
Where does flutter come from?
The first records of the term flutter are from before the 1000s. It ultimately comes from the Old English flotian meaning “to float.” When a small animal such as a hummingbird flutters its wings, it appears to float in the air.
When audio is recorded on hard disc or tape instead of digitally, occasionally the recording table or tape that the sound is printed on can become lopsided or off balance. This causes a fluctuation in the recording speed, which occasionally speeds up or slows down the sound that is recorded. This speeding up and slowing down is called fluttering because it causes the sound, especially if it is a human voice, to rapidly become high pitched or low pitched.
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What are some other forms related to flutter?
- flutterer (noun)
- flutteringly (adverb)
- unfluttered (adjective)
- fluttery (adjective)
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How is flutter used in real life?
Flutter is normally used casually unless it refers to specific or scientific phrases containing the term.
THANK YOUUU FOR ALL OF MY LOVELY GIFTS , you guys make my heart flutter 💕
— Normani (@Normani) May 31, 2014
Bruce Bochy underwent a minor ablation procedure this morning to alleviate some discomfort he was experiencing due to an atrial flutter.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) April 18, 2017
figure skating + ice dancing make my heart flutter❄️
— Laurie Hernandez (@LaurieHernandez) February 12, 2018
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How to use flutter in a sentence
Put loudness and slowness together, though, and the results tend to feel hefty and overgrown in our mind’s ear, even though we’re only experiencing a weightless flutter of air.Eyehategod’s high-gravity metal can connect you to the heavens|Chris Richards|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
There are ghosts that may flutter above the stage at the Met.
Farrow smiles and butterflies flutter and stars shoot across the night sky.
It started off small: a hint of annoyance here, a flutter of incredulity there.Just Kill Mr. Bates Already! How to Save ‘Downton Abbey’|Andrew Romano|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are no red carpets and you just flutter about watching films.Carey Mulligan, Star of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ on the Coen Brothers, ‘N Sync Fandom, Lorde, and More|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Just as suddenly she was gone, leaving a flutter of red curtains.Nepal Old and New: Kathmandu Valley’s Royal Cities Get a Facelift|Condé Nast Traveler|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They generally flutter for two or three minutes about the most elevated point of any object, and then disappear.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Oh, Ive had it out and felt behind it, urged Miss Carrington, all of a flutter now.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
There was a note in her voice of such absolute sincerity, mingled with fear, that he opened his arms and let her flutter away.A Butterfly on the Wheel|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
It is why they have black wings and tails, why they flutter so with joy, and why they never finish their song.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children|Mabel Powers
He half expected a check to fall fluttering to the floor; but alas, there was not a single flutter.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair