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[uh-fluht-er] /əˈflʌt ər/
in a flutter.
Origin of aflutter
1820-30; a-1 + flutter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for aflutter
  • It's not exactly going to set hearts aflutter with its brilliant appointments or blinding speed, but it will till a field.
  • It's the word, marriage, that has everyone aflutter.
  • Recently the little pond was aflutter with purple finches, goldfinches and chickadees.
  • We all know the power of music: it can make us smile and set our heart aflutter, or it can bring tears to our eyes.
  • Hip-hop is mainstream enough that the newsstands are aflutter with magazines dedicated to the words and moves of rap stars.
  • National food surveys clearly indicate that chocolate sets many a heart aflutter.
  • Television, yet again this time of year, is aflutter with heartwarming family dramas.
British Dictionary definitions for aflutter


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
in or into a nervous or excited state
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aflutter

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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