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fluster

[fluhs-ter] /ˈflʌs tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put into a state of agitated confusion:
His constant criticism flustered me.
2.
to excite and confuse with drink.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become agitatedly confused.
noun
4.
nervous excitement or confusion.
Origin of fluster
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English flostren; cf. bluster, Old Norse flaustra to hurry
Related forms
unflustered, adjective
Synonyms
1. upset, bewilder, disconcert, disturb. 4. turmoil, agitation, upset, bewilderment, distraction.
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Examples from the Web for fluster
Historical Examples
  • 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

fluster

/ˈflʌstə/
verb
1.
to make or become confused, nervous, or upset
noun
2.
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
v.

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.

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