“Flutter” has to do with “fleet” – quick movements as of things on waves or in air.

  • 03.010 There were moths fluttering about,
  • 05.033 Wingless flutters,
  • 09.025 Bilbo was all in a flutter,
  • 12.082 which merely fluttered aside
  • 13.043 fluttering in the draughts.
  • 14.019 something fluttered to his shoulder.
  • 15.004 Then he fluttered his wings
  • 15.013 Before long there was a fluttering of wings,

“flutter, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 26 July 2015.

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