Nearby words

  1. flashpoint,
  2. flashtube,
  3. flashy,
  4. flask,
  5. flasket,
  6. flat arch,
  7. flat as a pancake,
  8. flat back,
  9. flat bond,
  10. flat bone

Idioms

Origin of flat

1
1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse flatr, akin to Old English flet (see flat2), Greek platýs (see platy-, plate1

SYNONYMS FOR flat
1. plane. See level. 4. low, prone. 11. outright, peremptory, categorical. 14. boring, spiritless, prosaic. 17. vapid, unsavory.

Related formsflat·ly, adverbflat·ness, nounun·flat·ted, adjective

flat

2
[ flat ]
/ flæt /

noun

Chiefly British. an apartment or suite of rooms on one floor forming a residence.

Origin of flat

2
1795–1805; variant of obsolete flet, Old English: floor, house, hall; akin to flat1

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British Dictionary definitions for flat
See also flats

Derived Formsflatly, adverbflatness, noun

Word Origin for flat

C14: from Old Norse flatr; related to Old High German flaz flat, Greek platus flat, broad

noun

a set of rooms comprising a residence entirely on one floor of a buildingUsual US and Canadian name: apartment
British and NZ a portion of a house used as separate living quarters
NZ a house shared with people who are not members of one's own family

verb flats, flatting or flatted (intr)

Australian and NZ to live in a flat (with someone)

Word Origin for flat

Old English flett floor, hall, house; related to flat 1

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Word Origin and History for flat
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Idioms and Phrases with flat

flat

In addition to the idioms beginning with flat

  • flat as a pancake
  • flat broke
  • flat on one's back
  • flat out

also see:

  • caught flat-footed
  • fall flat
  • in no time (nothing flat)
  • leave flat
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