- flut|ter «FLUHT uhr», verb, noun.–v.i.1. to wave back and forth quickly and lightly; quiver: »
A small flag fluttered in the breeze.2. to move or flap the wings without flying or with short flights: »
The chickens fluttered excitedly when they saw the dog.3. to come or go with a trembling or wavy motion: »
The young birds fluttered to the ground.SYNONYM(S): hover, flicker, flit.4. Figurative. to move (about) restlessly; flit: »
She fluttered about making preparations for the party.5. Figurative. to move quickly and unevenly; tremble: »
Her hands fluttered. With this my lady swept out of the room, fluttering with her own audacity (Thackeray).6. to beat feebly and irregularly: »
The patient's pulse fluttered.–v.t.1. to cause to flutter.–n.1. the act or condition of fluttering: »
the flutter of curtains in a breeze.2. Figurative. onfused or excited condition; agitation: »
The appearance of the queen caused a great flutter in the crowd. He immediately…fell into a great flutter (Dickens).3. British. a small bet made for the excitement.4. = flutter kick. (Cf. ↑flutter kick)5. unstable vibration of some part of an aircraft: »
wing flutter.6. an abnormal fluttering of some part of the body: »
a heart flutter.7. a rapid rise and fall in pitch of a phonograph, film, or tape recording caused by slight variations in the speed at which the recording is played. Also, flitter.╂[Middle English floteren, Old English flotorian. See related etym. at flatter1 (Cf. ↑flatter), fleet1. (Cf. ↑fleet)]–flut´ter|a|ble, adjective.–flut´ter|er, noun.–flut´ter|ing|ly, adverb.–flut´ter|less, adjective.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.