- 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 flitted
Lobbyist Lloyd Hand, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson, flitted from conversation to conversation.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
As she departed her glance just flitted over my face in disapproval.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
He flitted around London wearing a ludicrous gas mask over his face…to disguise himself from paparazzi?Justin Bieber’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
March 8, 2013
One was the mind of the bomber, Humam al-Balawi, a man who flitted precariously between opposing camps.How a Triple Agent Duped the CIA
The Daily Beast
June 20, 2011
But she flitted away, as she had done before from the knights.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
A smile of infinite irony, infinite sorrow, flitted and faded from her face.Monday or Tuesday
They flitted to and fro, scanning wide bands of the surface of Dara.Pariah Planet
I exclaimed, and the thought of Roxalanne flitted through my mind.Bardelys the Magnificent
Often across this preoccupation there flitted a thought of the Richlings.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- 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 flitted
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.