Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at flite, -ing1
[flahyt] /flaɪt/ Scot. and North England
verb (used without object), flited, fliting.
to dispute; wrangle; scold; jeer.
a dispute or wrangle; scolding.
before 900; (v.) Middle Englishfliten,Old Englishflītan to strive, contend; akin to Middle High Germanvlīzen (GermanFleiss industry), Old Saxonflītan; (noun) Middle English;Old Englishflīt strife, abuse, derivative of the v.