Flutist
Flutist Flut"ist, n. [Cf. F. fl[^u]tiste.] A performer on the flute; a flautist. --Busby. [1913 Webster]

2. To move with quick vibrations or undulations; as, a sail flutters in the wind; a fluttering fan. [1913 Webster]

3. To move about briskly, irregularly, or with great bustle and show, without much result. [1913 Webster]

No rag, no scrap, of all the beau, or wit, That once so fluttered, and that once so writ. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To be in agitation; to move irregularly; to flucttuate; to be uncertainty. [1913 Webster]

Long we fluttered on the wings of doubtful success. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

His thoughts are very fluttering and wandering. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]


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  • flutist — c.1600, probably from Fr. flûtiste; replaced M.E. flouter (early 13c., from O.Fr. flauteor) and is preferred in U.S. The British preference is FLAUTIST (Cf. flautist) (q.v.), a Continental reborrowing that returns the original diphthong …   Etymology dictionary

  • flutist — ► NOUN US ▪ a flute player. ORIGIN Italian flautista, from flauto flute …   English terms dictionary

  • flutist — [flo͞ot′ist] n. a person who plays the flute; flautist …   English World dictionary

  • flutist — UK [ˈfluːtɪst] / US [ˈflutɪst] noun [countable] Word forms flutist : singular flutist plural flutists American a flautist …   English dictionary

  • flutist — flautist, flutist Flutist is the older term (17c) for a player of the flute, and is still preferred in AmE. Flautist was adapted from the Italian word flautista in 1860, and is now the more usual form in BrE …   Modern English usage

  • flutist — flut|ist [ flutıst ] noun count AMERICAN see FLUTE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flutist — [[t]flu͟ːtɪst[/t]] flutists N COUNT A flutist is someone who plays the flute. [AM] (in BRIT, use flautist) …   English dictionary

  • flutist — noun Date: 1603 one who plays a flute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flutist — /flooh tist/, n. a flute player. Also, flautist. [1595 1605; FLUTE + IST; see FLAUTIST] * * * …   Universalium

  • flutist — noun One who plays the flute. Syn: flautist …   Wiktionary

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