Meaning of FLUTTER in English

FLUTTER

/ ˈflʌtə(r); NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

1.

to move lightly and quickly; to make sth move in this way :

[ v ]

Flags fluttered in the breeze.

Her eyelids fluttered but did not open.

[ vn ]

He fluttered his hands around wildly.

She fluttered her eyelashes at him (= tried to attract him in order to persuade him to do sth) .

2.

[ v , vn ] when a bird or an insect flutters its wings, or its wings flutter , the wings move lightly and quickly up and down

3.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( of a bird or an insect ) to fly somewhere moving the wings quickly and lightly :

The butterfly fluttered from flower to flower.

4.

[ v ] ( of your heart, etc. ) to beat very quickly and not regularly :

I could feel a fluttering pulse.

( figurative )

The sound of his voice in the hall made her heart flutter.

( figurative )

■ noun

1.

[ C , usually sing. ] a quick, light movement :

the flutter of wings

with a flutter of her long, dark eyelashes

( figurative )

to feel a flutter of panic in your stomach

2.

[ C , usually sing. ] flutter (on sth) ( BrE , informal ) a small bet :

to have a flutter on the horses

3.

[ sing. ] a state of nervous or confused excitement :

Her sudden arrival caused quite a flutter.

4.

[ C ] a very fast heartbeat , caused when sb is nervous or excited :

Her heart gave a flutter when she saw him.

5.

[ U ] ( medical ) a medical condition in which you have a fast, unsteady heartbeat

6.

[ U ] ( technical ) rapid changes in the pitch or volume of recorded sound

—compare wow

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English floterian , flotorian , a frequentative form related to fleet move or pass quickly .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.