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v. flut·tered, flut·ter·ing, flut·ters
1. To wave or flap rapidly in an irregular manner: curtains that fluttered in the breeze.
a. To fly by a quick light flapping of the wings.
b. To flap the wings without flying.
3. To move or fall in a manner suggestive of tremulous flight: "Her arms rose, fell, and fluttered with the rhythm of the song" (Evelyn Waugh).
4. To vibrate or beat rapidly or erratically: My heart fluttered wildly.
5. To move quickly in a nervous, restless, or excited fashion; flit.
To cause to flutter: "fluttering her bristly black lashes as swiftly as butterflies' wings" (Margaret Mitchell).
1. The act of fluttering.
2. A condition of nervous excitement or agitation: Everyone was in a flutter over the news that the director was resigning.
3. A commotion; a stir.
4. Medicine Abnormally rapid pulsation, especially of the atria or ventricles of the heart.
5. Rapid fluctuation in the pitch of a sound reproduction resulting from variations in the speed of the recording or reproducing equipment.
6. Chiefly British A small bet; a gamble: "If they like a flutter, Rick will get them better odds than the bookies" (John le Carré).

[Middle English floteren, from Old English floterian; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

flut′ter·er n.
flut′ter·y adj.


1. flapping rapidly; fluttering
2. showing nervousness or excitement
3. light or insubstantial
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Women were fluttery creatures, and here mere mastery would prove a bungle.
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This week she was indeed creating her favourite breakfast treat, but not before a sprinkle of fluttery eyelash gazing at the camera and maybe just a pinch of suggestiveness.
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She was on great form, all dimpled smiles and fluttery lashes.
Then, I saw a couple of yellow butterflies soaring by with fluttery wings and amidst them a bully of a butterfly, big as my palm, clad in black and white and gliding regally.
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