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aflutter

[uh-fluht-er] /əˈflʌt ər/
adjective
1.
in a flutter.
Origin of aflutter
1820-1830
1820-30; a-1 + flutter
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  • The rosy Hilda, all aflutter, began to apologize for the state of her house which was as spotless as a new pan.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • She was all aflutter with expectancy not untinged by fear, she knew not of what.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • He was all aflutter, and asked that I remain, as the General would not be long.

  • When at last, all aflutter, Jeanne danced away into the wings, even the musicians dropped their instruments to applaud.

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
  • The line ended with a flock of bicycles all aflutter with ribbons and pennants.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua Mabell S. C. Smith
  • At once the Princess was aflutter with eagerness and excitement.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for aflutter

aflutter

/əˈflʌtə/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
in or into a nervous or excited state
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Word Origin and History for aflutter
adj.

1830, from a- (1) + flutter (v.).

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