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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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  • Tuba finds herself flustered and speechless, stumbling over the rehearsed political boilerplate she is expected to deliver.
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  • Daffy tries to adapt, apologizing to the audience for the trouble, but grows increasingly flustered as the changes continue.
  • Then at crunch time, they get so flustered and frustrated that they act out aggressively.
  • When the witness pointed this out, the flustered inquisitor seemed to come apart.
  • If the interviewer seems to ignore you, do not get flustered.
  • flustered, they inserted the control rods again, which prompted a further acceleration of the power.
  • Mitt got flustered, once again, by questions about his taxes.
  • As he sometimes does when he's flustered, he started talking faster and rambling.
British Dictionary definitions for flustered

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 flustered

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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