flutter Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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flutterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈflʌt̬·ər/
to move in ​quick, ​irregularmotions, or to ​cause something to move this way: [I] The ​flags fluttered in the ​breeze. If ​yourheart flutters, it ​beatsfaster than ​usual, often from ​excitement.

flutternoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈflʌt̬·ər/
a ​quick, ​irregularmovement: There was a flutter of ​wingsoverhead.
(Definition of flutter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   /ˈflʌt.ər/  us   /ˈflʌt̬.ɚ/

flutter verb (MOVE)

[I or T] to make a ​series of ​quickdelicatemovements up and down or from ​side to ​side, or to ​cause something to do this: Brightly ​colouredflags were fluttering in the ​breeze. Leaves fluttered down onto the ​path. Butterflies fluttered about in the ​sunshine. A ​whitebirdpoised on a ​wire and fluttered ​itswings.

flutter verb (HEART/STOMACH)

[I] If ​yourheart or ​stomach flutters, you ​feelslightlyuncomfortable because you are ​excited or ​nervous: Every ​time I ​think about my ​exams my ​stomach flutters!


uk   /ˈflʌt.ər/  us   /ˈflʌt̬.ɚ/

flutter noun (EXCITEMENT)

[C usually singular] a ​shortperiod of ​excitedactivity: The ​publication of her first ​novel last ​springcaused a flutter of ​excitement.

flutter noun (MONEY)

[C usually singular] UK informal a ​smallbet (= ​moneyrisked), ​especially on a ​horserace: Auntie Paula ​likes to have a ​bit of a flutter on the ​horses.

flutter noun (MOVEMENT)

[S] a ​quickup-and-downmovement
(Definition of flutter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flutternoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈflʌtər/ UK informal
a ​smallamount of ​money that someone ​risks on a bet or ​investment: take/have a flutter on sth Many ​people nowadays take a flutter on ​commodities and ​foreignexchange.
(Definition of flutter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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