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[ flurt ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to court triflingly or act amorously without serious intentions; play at love; coquet.

    Synonyms: dally, tease

  2. to trifle or toy, as with an idea:

    She flirted with the notion of buying a sports car.

    Synonyms: dally

  3. to move with a jerk or jerks; dart about:

    butterflies flirting from flower to flower.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give a sudden or brisk motion to; wave smartly, as a fan.
  2. to throw or propel with a toss or jerk; fling suddenly.


  1. Also flirter. a person who is given to flirting.

    Synonyms: tease, coquette, minx

  2. a quick throw or toss; sudden jerk or darting motion.


/ flɜːt /


  1. intr to behave or act amorously without emotional commitment; toy or play with another's affections; dally
  2. intrusually foll bywith to deal playfully or carelessly (with something dangerous or serious); trifle

    the motorcyclist flirted with death

  3. intrusually foll bywith to think casually (about); toy (with)

    to flirt with the idea of leaving

  4. intr to move jerkily; dart; flit
  5. tr to subject to a sudden swift motion; flick or toss


  1. a person who acts flirtatiously

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Derived Forms

  • ˈflirter, noun
  • ˈflirty, adjective
  • ˈflirtingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • flirt·ing·ly adverb
  • flirt·y adjective flirtier flirtiest

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flirt1

First recorded in 1540–50; of expressive origin; compare similar initial cluster in flap, flick 1, flip 1 and final elements of squirt, spurt

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Word History and Origins

Origin of flirt1

C16: of uncertain origin

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Example Sentences

I actually looked up flirtation when people were telling me, “Julia, you are little bit of a flirt.”

Having only seen the first couple of episodes, it’s obvious that Adriana is a little bit of a flirt.

The girls were so blasé about the men who came in to flirt with them—I mean genuinely blasé.

And Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest would openly flirt with each other on American Idol?

One will not know until the next round—the quarterfinals—when this mediocre Brazil team will once again flirt with defeat.

So too the many variations on its theme, each fueled by our limitless urge to flirt.

“You look like Dave Pirner,” she said to him, meaning the remark to sound like a small insult, but also a flirt.

I like him, said Dinah; he doesnt flirt with the girls; he always talks to the old ladies.

One can walk, flirt and dance in a Merveilleuse costume, but it is next to impossible to sit down in it.

Don't flirt with him,—that isn't the rle, but talk kindly to him, and thereby find out all you can about the Everett bunch.

That confounded money-eating little flirt of a Pansy will give me the royal shake the moment she gets wise.

There is something in his eye and the expressive flirt of his tail that seems to suggest strange doings.


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