Definition of flutter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈflʌtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌtər//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a quick, light movement the flutter of wings with a flutter of her long, dark eyelashes (figurative) to feel a flutter of panic in your stomach
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] flutter (on something) (British English, informal) a small bet to have a flutter on the horses
  3. 3[singular] a state of nervous or confused excitement Her sudden arrival caused quite a flutter. to be in a flutter/to be all of a flutter
  4. 4[countable] a very fast heartbeat, caused when somebody is nervous or excited Her heart gave a flutter when she saw him. See related entries: Excitement
  5. 5[uncountable] (medical) a medical condition in which you have a fast, unsteady heartbeat
  6. 6[uncountable] (specialist) rapid changes in the pitch or volume of recorded sound compare wow
  7. Word OriginOld English floterian, flotorian, a frequentative form related to fleet ‘move or pass quickly’.Extra examples She felt a flutter of excitement. They arrived in a flutter. a flutter of her eyelashes
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flutter

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