fluster

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See also: flüster

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Etymology[edit]

From a Scandinavian (North Germanic) language, akin to Icelandic flaustra (to be flustered).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈflʌstə(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌstə(ɹ)

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fluster (third-person singular simple present flusters, present participle flustering, simple past and past participle flustered)

  1. (dated) To make hot and rosy, as with drinking.
  2. (by extension) To confuse; befuddle; throw into panic by making overwrought with confusion.
    He seemed to get flustered when speaking in front of too many people.
  3. (intransitive) To be in a heat or bustle; to be agitated and confused.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      the flustring, vain-glorious Greeks

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fluster (plural flusters)

  1. A state of being flustered; overwrought confusion.

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