Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “flutter”

flutter

verb uk   /ˈflʌt.ər/ us    /ˈflʌt̬.ɚ/

flutter verb (MOVE)

[I or T] to make a series of quick delicate movements up and down or from side to side, or to cause something to do this: Brightly coloured flags were fluttering in the breeze. Leaves fluttered down onto the path. Butterflies fluttered about in the sunshine. A white bird poised on a wire and fluttered its wings.

flutter verb (HEART/STOMACH)

[I] If your heart or stomach flutters, you feel slightly uncomfortable because you are excited or nervous: Every time I think about my exams my stomach flutters!

flutter

noun uk   /ˈflʌt.ər/ us    /ˈflʌt̬.ɚ/

flutter noun (EXCITEMENT)

[C usually singular] a short period of excited activity: The publication of her first novel last autumn caused a flutter of excitement.

flutter noun (MONEY)

[C usually singular] UK informal a small bet (= money risked), especially on a horse race: Auntie Paula likes to have a bit of a flutter on the horses.

flutter noun (MOVEMENT)

[S] a quick up-and-down movement
(Definition of flutter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of flutter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “flutter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More