- the act or practice of flirting; coquetry.
- a love affair that is not serious.
Origin of flirtation
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Examples from the Web for flirtation
When asked by the BBC about his flirtation with 9/11 denialism—just asking questions, people!Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
In that economy, the price of a smile would only be a smile, and flirtation could be exchanged only for flirtation.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
As the balloons and electricity scared us, inhibitions were naturally lowered and I saw the flirtation begin.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
All told, the shutdown and flirtation with default cost America north of $20 billion.The Tea Party, Not Democrats or Republicans, Is the Problem
October 21, 2013
The flirtation with Weld is seemingly over, and Bill plays Hillary both “Happy Birthday” and “Hail to the Chief” on the saxophone.Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More
May 13, 2013
Flirtation may be practiced in a more or less unconscious manner.
It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.
As a rule, however, things do not go so far as this in flirtation.
Youth, beauty, health, finery and flirtation excite the sexual appetite.
"Nadine did not call it a flirtation," returned the girl, gravely.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
- behaviour intended to arouse sexual feelings or advances without emotional commitment; coquetry
- any casual involvement without commitmenta flirtation with journalism
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Word Origin and History for flirtation
1718, noun of action from flirt (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper