- to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
- to flutter, as a bird.
- to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.
- Chiefly Scot. and North England.
- to depart or die.
- to change one's residence.
- Chiefly Scot. to remove; transfer; oust or dispossess.
- a light, swift movement; flutter.
- Scot. and North England. a change of residence; instance of moving to a new address.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Origin of flit
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Examples from the Web for flit
This time we are back in 1941 and flit from Berlin (“the capital of a banana republic that had run out of bananas”) to Prague.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao
May 9, 2012
How they flit about, imps of evil as they are, and sound their horn of defiance in our ear!
She and her mother had to flit so often—suddenly, noiselessly.Ten American Girls From History
Kate Dickinson Sweetser
With yours so nearly ready to flit, no change in size is indicated now.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
It was so still that the flit of a wing was almost startling.Little Brothers of the Air
Olive Thorne Miller
Silent, inscrutable, they flit through the American scene, alien to the last.A Wayfarer in China
- to move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
- to fly rapidly and lightly; flutter
- to pass quickly; fleeta memory flitted into his mind
- Scot and Northern English dialect to move house
- British informal to depart hurriedly and stealthily in order to avoid obligations
- an informal word for elope
- the act or an instance of flitting
- slang, mainly US a male homosexual
- British informal a hurried and stealthy departure in order to avoid obligations (esp in the phrase do a flit)
- See moonlight flit
Word Origin and History for flit
c.1200, flutten "convey, move, take, carry away, go away," perhaps from Old Norse flytja "to remove, bring."
Theire desire ... is to goe to theire newe masters eyther on a Tewsday, or on a Thursday; for ... they say Munday flitte, Neaver sitte. [Henry Best, farming & account book, 1641]
Related: Flitted; flitting. As a noun, from 1835.