(dated) To make hot and rosy, as with drinking.
(by extension) To confuse, befuddle, throw into panic by making overwrought with confusion.
- His habit of flustering himself daily with claret.
To be in a heat or bustle; to be agitated and confused.
- He seemed to get flustered when speaking in front of too many people.
- The flustering , vainglorious Greeks.
* flustered (adjective)
* flustering (adjective, present participle)
From (etyl) floundre, from . Cognate with Danish flynder, German Flunder, Swedish flundra.
A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, .
(North America) Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.
A bootmaker's tool for crimping boot fronts.
, the bootmaker's tool
Possibly from the noun. Possibly from (founder) or from (etyl) . See other terms beginning with fl , such as (flutter), (flitter), (float), (flap), (flub), (flip)
To flop around as a fish out of water.
To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.
* Sir W. Hamilton
- Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall.
- They have floundered on from blunder to blunder.
* 1996 , , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 136
- He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.
- He is assessing directions, but he is not lost, not floundering .
Frequently confused with the verb founder. The difference is one of severity; floundering'' (struggling to maintain a position) comes before ''foundering (losing it completely by falling, sinking or failing).