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English definition of “dither”


noun     /ˈdɪð.ər/ US  // disapproving
be in a dither about sth to be very nervous , excited , or confused about something: Gideon is in a bit of a dither about what to wear for the interview .Confusion, confusing and feeling confusedAnxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias
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