v. flus·tered, flus·ter·ing, flus·ters
To make agitated, excited, or confused: Shouts from the protesters flustered the speaker. I was flustered by my teacher's comments and began to stumble over my words.
To become agitated, excited, or confused: a shy student who flusters easily.
A state of agitation, excitement, or confusion: The heavy traffic put the driver in a fluster.
[From Middle English flostring, agitation, probably of Scandinavian origin; see pleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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