Meaning of flutter


Flutter means to move back and forth rapidly. Flags flutter in the wind. Leaves flutter to the ground. Flutter also exists as a noun—you might feel a flutter in your heart when you’re excited.

To remember flutter, think of the children’s rhyme, “See the butterfly flutter by.” Flutter is often paired with “flit,” to describe the way that birds and insects fly––they flit and flutter. It can also be used to describe indecision—someone who can’t make up their mind might flutter between two choices.

Definitions of flutter
  1. verb

    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

    “The seagulls
    fluttered overhead”
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    type of:

    beat, flap

    move with a thrashing motion

  2. verb

    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart


    dart, fleet, flit

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    flutter like a butterfly
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    hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip

    move very fast

  3. verb

    move back and forth very rapidly


    flicker, flitter, quiver, waver

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    type of:

    move back and forth

    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

  4. verb

    beat rapidly




    cause to throb or beat rapidly
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    type of:

    beat, pound, thump

    move rhythmically

  5. verb

    wink briefly



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    blink, nictate, nictitate, wink

    briefly shut the eyes

  6. noun

    the motion made by flapping up and down


    flap, flapping, fluttering

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    undulation, wave

    (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

  7. noun

    the act of moving back and forth


    flicker, waver

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    motility, motion, move, movement

    a change of position that does not entail a change of location

  8. noun

    abnormally rapid beating of the auricles of the heart (especially in a regular rhythm); can result in heart block

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    arrhythmia, cardiac arrhythmia

    an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart

  9. noun

    a disorderly outburst or tumult


    commotion, disruption, disturbance, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do

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    convulsion, turmoil, upheaval

    a violent disturbance

    a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

    a public disturbance
    splash, stir

    a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
    maelstrom, storm, tempest

    a violent commotion or disturbance
    storm center, storm centre

    a center of trouble or disturbance
    garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar

    a state of commotion and noise and confusion

    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    type of:


    a disturbance of the peace or of public order

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