- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for flitting
He was like some comedic humming bird, flitting from Megan Mullally to Eric McCormack to Debra Messing.The Failure of ‘Sean Saves the World’ Is Epically Disappointing
January 29, 2014
She first appears onscreen in the late 1950s, flitting around the breakfast table in a negligee.Oprah Winfrey’s Fashion Evolution in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’
August 15, 2013
He spent his 20s flitting from one beautiful woman to the next, often to the benefit of his own career.Whitney Houston’s Final Romance: Was Ray J Using Her for Reality TV?
February 23, 2012
Greenblatt will turn a young 68 in a few months, and the last thing on his ebullient, flitting mind is death.The Book That Changed the World
October 7, 2011
SCORPIO Look at you, flitting around social-butterfly style.Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011
Starsky + Cox
July 2, 2011
Miss Briscoe was flitting about the room, hunting for matches.The Gentleman From Indiana
By the end of October we shall have made our flitting, I suppose.A Spirit in Prison
We prefer solid dragons of evil to flitting butterflies of sin.Mountain Meditations
They were 'all ready for the flitting,' and were now wondering why 'Gerry' did not wire them.Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
Isobel, flitting here and there like a pretty butterfly, divided her enthusiasm.Highacres
- 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 flitting
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.