Definition of flitter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪtə/


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Move quickly in an apparently random or purposeless manner: her fingers flittered over the sheets
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  • Her mother paused and several expressions Helene couldn't identify flittered quickly across her face.
  • The spell was broken, the notes flittered away as quickly as they had come back to her.
  • Someone's fingers flittered across her hand, and she knew it was him.


A fluttering movement: the flash and flitter of coloured wings
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  • The manic warbler was back in force atop the still leafless weeping cherry, with a flitter of potential girlfriends darting among the bamboo still bent over from the recent snow.
  • I'm honestly not that interested, as it was just the flitter of a thought that coalesced recently and I was mostly throwing it out here to see if there was any weight to it.
  • Other than a gash of red banners over the communal table - and the flitter of phosphorescing fish in the tanks that separate the dining room from the kitchen - it is a color-free zone.


Late Middle English: frequentative of flit.

Words that rhyme with flitter

bitter, committer, critter, embitter, emitter, fitter, fritter, glitter, gritter, hitter, jitter, knitter, litter, permitter, pitta, quitter, remitter, sitter, skitter, slitter, spitter, splitter, submitter, titter, transmitter, twitter, witter

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