flutter Definition

  • 1the act of moving wings or hands quickly and lightly
  • 2a state of nervous excitement or confusion
  • 3a small bet or gamble

Using flutter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flutter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bird fluttered its wings and flew away.

  • Example

    Her heart was fluttering with excitement.

  • Example

    He made a flutter on the horse race.

  • Example

    She fluttered her eyelashes at him.

flutter Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for flutter

Idioms Using flutter

  • set someone's heart aflutter

    cause someone to feel excited or nervous


    The surprise proposal set her heart aflutter with joy.

  • flutter like a butterfly, sting like a bee

    a phrase used to describe a person who appears gentle and harmless but can be powerful and dangerous


    Don't underestimate her - she may flutter like a butterfly, but she can sting like a bee when necessary.

  • complete something with minimal effort or preparation


    He didn't study for the exam, but managed to flutter his way through it and pass.

Phrases with flutter

  • move around in a restless or nervous way


    She was fluttering about the room, trying to find her keys.

  • flutter one's eyelashes

    bat one's eyelashes in a flirtatious manner


    She fluttered her eyelashes at him, hoping he would ask her out.

  • a swimming technique where the legs move up and down rapidly and alternately


    She practiced her flutter kick in the pool to improve her swimming speed.

Origins of flutter

from Middle English 'floteren', meaning 'to float'


Summary: flutter in Brief

The verb 'flutter' [ˈflʌtər] refers to the act of moving wings or hands quickly and lightly, or a state of nervous excitement or confusion. It can also mean a small bet or gamble. The phrase 'flutter about' denotes restlessness, while 'set someone's heart aflutter' means to cause excitement or nervousness. 'Flutter' extends into idioms like 'flutter like a butterfly, sting like a bee,' describing someone who appears gentle but can be powerful.

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