- to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
- a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin of jilt
Examples from the Web for jilt
It means, jilt Miss Nicotine in haste, and repent at leisure.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
The staid sober lover—let him take care the pretty Clara does not jilt him.Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
She could not jilt him; there was something vulgar in the word!The Island Pharisees
Katherine to jilt Mr. Odd, and you so dangerously ill, Hilda.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Put your hat straight, fan your eyes, and tell me all about this jilt of yours.A Bottle in the Smoke
- (tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warningshe was jilted at the altar
- a woman who jilts a lover
Word Origin and History for jilt
"to deceive (especially after holding out hopes), cheat, trick," 1660s, from the same source as jilt (n.). Related: Jilted; jilting.
1670s, "loose, unchaste woman; harlot;" also "woman who gives hope then dashes it," perhaps ultimately from Middle English gille "lass, wench," a familiar or contemptuous term for a woman or girl (mid-15c.), originally a shortened form of woman's name Gillian (see Jill).