verb flus·ter \ˈfləs-tər\

: to make (someone) nervous and confused

flus·teredflus·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FLUSTER

transitive verb
:  to make tipsy
:  to put into a state of agitated confusion :  upset
intransitive verb
:  to move or behave in an agitated or confused manner
flus·tered·ly adverb

Origin of FLUSTER

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic flaustur hurry
First Known Use: 1604

Synonym Discussion of FLUSTER

discompose, disquiet, disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, fluster mean to destroy capacity for collected thought or decisive action. discompose implies some degree of loss of self-control or self-confidence especially through emotional stress <discomposed by the loss of his beloved wife>. disquiet suggests loss of sense of security or peace of mind <the disquieting news of factories closing>. disturb implies interference with one's mental processes caused by worry, perplexity, or interruption <the discrepancy in accounts disturbed me>. perturb implies deep disturbance of mind and emotions <perturbed by her husband's strange behavior>. agitate suggests obvious external signs of nervous or emotional excitement <in his agitated state we could see he was unable to work>. upset implies the disturbance of normal or habitual functioning by disappointment, distress, or grief <the family's constant bickering upsets the youngest child>. fluster suggests bewildered agitation <his declaration of love completely flustered her>.



Definition of FLUSTER

:  a state of agitated confusion

First Known Use of FLUSTER

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verb flus·ter \ˈflə-stər\

Definition of FLUSTER for Kids

:  to make nervous and confused :  upset



Definition of FLUSTER for Kids

:  a state of nervous confusion <… when they were getting ready to go out they were all in a fluster. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>


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