Definition of fluster verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fluster

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fluster
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstər//
 
he / she / it flusters
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstərz//
 
past simple flustered
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstərd//
 
past participle flustered
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstərd//
 
-ing form flustering
BrE BrE//ˈflʌstərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌstərɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] fluster somebody to make somebody nervous and/or confused, especially by giving them a lot to do or by making them hurry Don’t fluster me or I’ll never be ready. He was flustered by all the attention. She was clearly flustered by Marshall’s unexpected arrival. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘make slightly drunk’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic flaustra ‘hurry, bustle’.

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