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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    beat, flap
    move with a thrashing motion
  2. verb
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    synonyms: dart, fleet, flit
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    butterfly
    flutter like a butterfly
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    hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
    move very fast
  3. verb
    move back and forth very rapidly
    synonyms: flicker, flitter, quiver, waver
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    move back and forth
    move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
  4. verb
    beat rapidly
    synonyms: palpitate
    palpitate
    cause to throb or beat rapidly
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    beat, pound, thump
    move rhythmically
  5. verb
    wink briefly
    synonyms: bat
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    blink, nictate, nictitate, wink
    briefly shut the eyes
  6. noun
    the motion made by flapping up and down
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: commotion, disruption, disturbance, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
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    convulsion, turmoil, upheaval
    a violent disturbance
    earthquake
    a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
    incident
    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
    combustion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
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    disorder
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
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