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flirtation

[flur-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or practice of flirting; coquetry.
  2. a love affair that is not serious.
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Origin of flirtation

First recorded in 1710–20; flirt + -ation
Related formsflir·ta·tion·al, adjectiveflir·ta·tion·less, adjective
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Related Words

flirtingdalliancetoyingcoquetryteaseteasingromancepickupamourtriflingintriguecourting

Examples from the Web for flirtation

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  • It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.

  • Flirtation may be practiced in a more or less unconscious manner.

  • As a rule, however, things do not go so far as this in flirtation.

  • Youth, beauty, health, finery and flirtation excite the sexual appetite.

  • "Nadine did not call it a flirtation," returned the girl, gravely.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey


British Dictionary definitions for flirtation

flirtation

noun
  1. behaviour intended to arouse sexual feelings or advances without emotional commitment; coquetry
  2. any casual involvement without commitmenta flirtation with journalism
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Word Origin and History for flirtation

n.

1718, noun of action from flirt (v.).

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