Definition of fluster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfləstər/


[with object] (often as adjective flustered)
Make (someone) agitated or confused: you need to be able to work under pressure and not get flustered
More example sentences
  • The prince was rather flustered, his mind swirling as he tried to decide who would be his bride.
  • When I go into my bank nowadays, I am flustered by the range of activities and services being discreetly pushed at me.
  • I was flustered - having just come off an airplane - and I went to the powder room.
unsettle, make nervous, unnerve, agitate, ruffle, upset, bother, put on edge, disquiet, disturb, worry, perturb, disconcert, confuse, throw off balance, confound
informal rattle, faze, put into a flap, throw into a tizzy, discombobulate


[in singular]
An agitated or confused state: the main thing is not to get all in a fluster
More example sentences
  • Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
  • So, as iconic as Marilyn Monroe and Madonna may be, York men are more likely to get themselves into a fluster over Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta Jones.
  • The hurry and scurry of airports, the deceits and disputes of hotels, the fluster of trains and taxis - he was beyond it all.
state of agitation, state of anxiety, nervous state, panic, frenzy, fret
informal dither, flap, tizz, tizzy, twitter, state, sweat


Early 17th century (in the sense 'make slightly drunk'): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic flaustra 'hurry, bustle'.

  • The early sense was ‘make slightly drunk’. It is perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic flaustra ‘hurry, bustle’.

Words that rhyme with fluster

adjuster, Augusta, bluster, buster, cluster, Custer, duster, lustre (US luster), muster, thruster, truster

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Syllabification: flust·er

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