flutter flutter  /f ˈlə tər/


  1. (n) the act of moving back and forth
  2. (n) abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block
  3. (n) a disorderly outburst or tumult
  4. (n) the motion made by flapping up and down
  5. (v) move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  6. (v) move back and forth very rapidly
  7. (v) flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
  8. (v) beat rapidly
  9. (v) wink briefly

Derived Word(s)


  1. The only movement that suggests human habitation is the flutter of laundry on clotheslines.
  2. More than two centuries after his death, people are still trying to figure out how a paunchy, balding, bifocaled septuagenarian managed to get French ladies in a flutter.
  3. Iraqi flags flutter during the opening ceremony of a new oil refinery plant in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, Iraq.


  1. Unique environment at Mill Creek about to get a science-based makeover

    From the edge of a bridge we watched two rainbow trout holding tight in a deep, clear pool along fast-flowing Mill Creek, the fish waiting for something tasty to flutter onto the surface.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Springfield News-Leader

  2. Porn and facial recognition: Sorry glassholes, not today

    Google Glass is all the rage on the interwebs lately. The nerds are a-flutter at the Internet-integrated glasses that make it incredibly awkward to have a human exchange with someone wearing them, so much so that a new term has come about for the glasses wearers: glasshole . Unfortunately the pervy-est of nerds won't be able to extend the most intimate relationship they've had with their ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Creative Loafing Charlotte

  3. 'Skitter Flutter' sound sculpture

    visual1sound0505: 'Skitter Flutter,' a sound installation by Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, opens May 10 at SeedSpace Gallery. At last fall’s Sound Crawl festival, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger premiered a composition she called “Arduino and Sax duet for robotic drummer.”
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Journal News


  1. "It was nice," Pierce said with a smile. "I even caught myself looking at the ball in the air a little bit, thinking, `That's kind of a pretty ball flying through the air.' Not a flutter or anything and Terrence ran under it and he did the...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Buck Pierce Source: TSN

  2. Then one day while she was getting her hair and makeup done, Jennifer explains: "I felt a flutter. The weirdest little ...... flourish," she recalls. "My makeup artist said, 'What's the matter?' I didn't say anything, but in my head, I was...
    on Sep 3, 2008 By: Jennifer Lopez Source: The Gossip Girls (blog)

  3. Sharon Osbourne says, "The developers at Microgaming have done a fantastic job at bringing all our family to life within the game and they've even managed to immortalise my beloved dog, Minnie! I'll certainly have a little flutter when it's...
    on Sep 25, 2007 By: Sharon Osbourne Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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furtive furtive
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