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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
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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  • The change in the guard did not fluster the markets.
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  • Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
  • And who then barges in to retrieve her purse that she left behind in her fluster to clear out.
  • There are no visiting hours, because strangers fluster the mice and might carry in contagious diseases.
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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