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flirtatious

or flirty

[flur-tey-shuh s or flur-tee] /flɜrˈteɪ ʃəs or ˈflɜr ti/
adjective
1.
given or inclined to flirtation.
2.
pertaining to or suggesting flirtation.
Origin of flirtatious
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; flirtat(ion) + -ious
Related forms
flirtatiously, adverb
flirtatiousness, noun
nonflirtatious, adjective
nonflirtatiously, adverb
nonflirtatiousness, noun
unflirtatious, adjective
unflirtatiously, adverb
unflirtatiousness, noun
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Examples from the Web for flirtatious
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  • I'm afraid I've spent too flirtatious a youth, and it isn't easy for me to settle.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • She became frivolous and flirtatious and was beginning to do poorly in high school.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • She was simply a composite of flirtatious instinct and an amazing candor.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • Good thing if some of the flirtatious women could have seen that.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Their flirtatious first glances had ceased for want of encouragement.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for flirtatious

flirtatious

/flɜːˈteɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
given to flirtation
2.
expressive of playful sexual invitation: a flirtatious glance
Derived Forms
flirtatiously, adverb
flirtatiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flirtatious
adj.

1834, from flirtation + -ous. Related: Flirtatiously; flirtatiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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