What does flutter mean?

Definitions for flutter
ˈflʌt ərflut·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word flutter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. waver, flutter, flickernoun

    the act of moving back and forth

  2. flutternoun

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

  3. disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfufflenoun

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

    "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"

  4. flap, flapping, flutter, flutteringverb

    the motion made by flapping up and down

  5. flit, flutter, fleet, dartverb

    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

    "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"

  6. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiververb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  7. flutterverb

    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

    "The seagulls fluttered overhead"

  8. palpitate, flutterverb

    beat rapidly

    "His heart palpitated"

  9. bat, flutterverb

    wink briefly

    "bat one's eyelids"


  1. flutternoun

    The act of fluttering.

  2. flutternoun

    A state of agitation.

  3. flutternoun

    An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.

  4. flutternoun

    A small bet or risky investment.

  5. flutterverb

    To flap or wave quickly but irregularly.

    flags fluttering in the wind

  6. flutterverb

    Of a winged animal: to flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.

  7. flutterverb

    To cause something to flap.

  8. Etymology: From floteren, from floterian, flotorian. Cognate with fluttern, fluddern. Related to flutur. More at float.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flutternoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    An infinite variety of motions are to be made use of in the flutter of a fan: there is the angry flutter, the modest flutter, and the timorous flutter. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 102.

  2. To Flutterverb

    Like an eagle in a dovecoat, I
    Flutter’d your Volscians in Corioli. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  3. To FLUTTERverb

    Etymology: floteran, Saxon; flotter, French.

    As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, and spreadeth abroad her wings, so the Lord alone did lead him. Deutr. xxxii. 11.

    When your hands untie these strings,
    Think you’ve an angel by the wings;
    One that gladly will be nigh,
    To wait upon each morning-sigh;
    To flutter in the balmy air
    Of your well-perfumed pray’r. Richard Crashaw.

    They fed, and, flutt’ring, by degrees withdrew. Dryden.

    Excess muddies the best wit, and only makes it flutter and froth high. Nehemiah Grew.

    No rag, no scrap of all the beau or wit,
    That once so flutter’d, and that once so writ. Alexander Pope, Dunc.

    Ye spirits! to your charge repair;
    The flutt’ring fan be Zephyretta’s care. Alexander Pope.

    They the tall mast above the vessel rear,
    Or teach the flutt’ring sail to float in air. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    The relation being brought him what a glorious victory was got, and with what difficulty, and how long she fluttered upon the wings of doubtful success, he was not surprised. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    It is impossible that men should certainly discover the agreement or disagreement of ideas, whilst their thoughts flutter about, or stick only in sounds of doubtful signification. John Locke.

    Esteem we these, my friends! event and chance,
    Produc’d by atoms from their flutt’ring dance! Matthew Prior.

    Some never arrive at any deep, solid, or valuable knowledge, because they are perpetually fluttering over the surface of things. Isaac Watts.

    His thoughts are very fluttering and wandering, and cannot be fixed attentively to a few ideas successively. Isaac Watts.


  1. flutter

    Flutter refers to a quick, irregular movement or oscillation. Biologically, it could describe the action of wings or heart. Technically, it could refer to instability or vibration in mechanical structures, typically aircraft structures. In the software field, Flutter is a UI toolkit by Google for building natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flutterverb

    to vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings

  2. Flutterverb

    to drive in disorder; to throw into confusion

  3. Flutternoun

    the act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan

  4. Flutternoun

    hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder


  1. Flutter

    In electronics and communication, flutter is the rapid variation of signal parameters, such as amplitude, phase, and frequency. Examples of electronic flutter are: ⁕Rapid variations in received signal levels, such as variations that may be caused by atmospheric disturbances, antenna movements in a high wind, or interaction with other signals. ⁕In radio propagation, a phenomenon in which nearly all radio signals that are usually reflected by ionospheric layers in or above the E-region experience partial or complete absorption. ⁕In radio transmission, rapidly changing signal levels, together with variable multipath time delays, caused by reflection and possible partial absorption of the signal by aircraft flying through the radio beam or common scatter volume. ⁕The variation in the transmission characteristics of a loaded telephone line caused by the action of telegraph direct currents on the loading coils. ⁕In recording and reproducing equipment, the deviation of frequency caused by irregular mechanical motion, e.g., that of capstan angular velocity in a tape transport mechanism, during operation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flutter

    flut′ėr, v.i. to move about with bustle: to vibrate: to be in agitation or in uncertainty: (obs.) to be frivolous.—v.t. to throw into disorder: to move in quick motions.—n. quick, irregular motion: agitation: confusion: a hasty game at cards, &c. [A.S. flotorian, to float about, from flot, the sea, stem of fléotan, to float.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flutter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flutter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of flutter in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Lopez:

    When I sat there, I was in my hair and makeup trailer, and heres what I felt. In my belly, I felt a flutter. I felt like a little butterfly in my stomach, and immediately I knew that I had life inside of me. the doctor says, you see that right there, that little grain of rice ? Thats the baby. You see that other little grain of rice over here ? Thats the other baby.

  2. Chief Executive Roman Ginis:

    It is designed to allow you the time to make a decision – not a ton of time, but enough with modern technology - then you don't need to react to every single flutter of quotes on the Street.

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Translations for flutter

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  • رفرفةArabic
  • спекулация, пляскане, пляскам с крила, ускорен пулс, възбуда, плющя, пърхане, пърхам, вълнениеBulgarian
  • onejarCatalan, Valencian
  • třepetatCzech
  • flagrenDanish
  • flattern, wedelnGerman
  • ondearSpanish
  • läpyttely, puistella, läpytellä, puistelu, läpytys, tärinä, pikkuveto, lepattaa, räpyttää, lepatus, räpytellä, sydänvärinä, värinäFinnish
  • faséyer, voltiger, voleterFrench
  • itealaichScottish Gaelic
  • angaluppoq, eqquiniunnguaq, issulipoq, isaqqilavoq, erfalavoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • فرته‌فرت, شه‌قه‌Kurdish
  • pepe, pīwari, tīonioniMāori
  • gokje, dooreenander, hartkloppingen, wapperenDutch
  • flakse, blafreNorwegian
  • kołatanie, trzepotać, trzepot, palpitacjaPolish
  • [[бить]] [[крыло, [[махать]] [[крыло, развеваться, порхатьRussian
  • flaxa, fladdraSwedish
  • لہراناUrdu

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