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[flahyt]Scot. and North England
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verb (used without object), flyt·ed, flyt·ing, noun
  1. flite.


or flyte

[flahyt]Scot. and North England
verb (used without object), flit·ed, flit·ing.
  1. to dispute; wrangle; scold; jeer.
  1. a dispute or wrangle; scolding.

Origin of flite

before 900; (v.) Middle English fliten, Old English flītan to strive, contend; akin to Middle High German vlīzen (German Fleiss industry), Old Saxon flītan; (noun) Middle English; Old English flīt strife, abuse, derivative of the v.
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Examples from the Web for flyting

Historical Examples

  • In Scotland “flyting queans” sat in ignominy in cucking-stools.

    Curious Punishments of Bygone Days

    Alice Morse Earle

  • "Then sic a flyting as there wad be between them, a' about Whig and Tory," continued Jenny.

  • Flyting Free with one, under no such restraint as to prevent severe reprehension, S.

  • Never a guid word did I hear on his lips, nor naebody else, but just fleering and flyting and profane cursing—deil hae him!

    The Master of Ballantrae

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • This was not a poetical tourney like the famous 'flyting' between Dunbar and Kennedy, two hundred and thirty years before.

    Allan Ramsay

    William Henry Oliphant Smeaton

British Dictionary definitions for flyting


  1. a variant spelling of flite



Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. (tr) to scold or rail at
  1. a dispute or scolding

Word Origin

Old English flītan to wrangle, of Germanic origin; related to Old Frisian flīt strife, Old High German flīz strife
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Word Origin and History for flyting



Old English flitan "to contend, struggle, quarrel;" related to German fleiß, Dutch vlijt "diligence, industry."

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