verb (used with object)
to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
to excite and confuse with drink.
verb (used without object)
to become agitatedly confused.
nervous excitement or confusion.

1375–1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry

unflustered, adjective

1. upset, bewilder, disconcert, disturb. 4. turmoil, agitation, upset, bewilderment, distraction.
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fluster (ˈflʌstə)
1.  to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
2.  a state of confusion or agitation
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c. (implied in flostyrynge), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icel. flaustr "bustle," flaustra "to bustle"). Originally "to excite," especially with drink; sense of "to flurry, confuse" is from 1724. Related: Flustered; flustering.
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Example sentences
Tuba finds herself flustered and speechless, stumbling over the rehearsed
  political boilerplate she is expected to deliver.
If you're new to the tenure track, there's a good chance you are inordinately
  flustered by problem students.
Practice saying these things so you aren't flustered and so that you don't
  ramble before getting to the real heart of your answer.
Daffy tries to adapt, apologizing to the audience for the trouble, but grows
  increasingly flustered as the changes continue.
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