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[fluhs-ter] /ˈflʌs tər/
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.
Origin of fluster
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry
Related forms
unflustered, adjective
1. upset, bewilder, disconcert, disturb. 4. turmoil, agitation, upset, bewilderment, distraction. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fluster
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  • Why should we fluster ourselves, why wax so hot, when time thus brings its inevitable revenges?

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • There was no longer any fluster of doubt and hesitation in his manner.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • What if after all this stir and fluster, this pain and agony and striving, there should be nothing exceptional about Peter?

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • You might as well try to move one of the pyramids as fluster him.

  • So instead of departing in a fluster, she sat down heavily in order to contemplate them at her ease.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • No speech or behaviour from the country lads was likely to fluster her.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • Burckhardt caught the implied reproach, and answered in something of a fluster.

    Carry On! Herbert Strang
  • In all this fret and fluster Mr Marston took the most intense interest.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • He had attained his object, which was to fluster the other out of his judicial calm.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • She had not time in the whirl and fluster of this gaiety to think it all out.

    Hester, Volume 2 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for fluster


to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
a state of confusion or agitation
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic flaustr to hurry, flaustra to bustle
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Word Origin and History for fluster

early 15c. (implied in flostyrynge), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Icelandic flaustr "bustle," flaustra "to bustle"). Originally "to excite," especially with drink; sense of "to flurry, confuse" is from 1724. Related: Flustered; flustering. As a noun, 1710, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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