View synonyms for flirtation


[ flur-tey-shuhn ]


  1. the act or practice of flirting; coquetry.
  2. a love affair that is not serious.


/ flɜːˈteɪʃən /


  1. behaviour intended to arouse sexual feelings or advances without emotional commitment; coquetry
  2. any casual involvement without commitment

    a flirtation with journalism

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Discover More

Other Words From

  • flir·tation·al adjective
  • flir·tation·less adjective
Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of flirtation1

First recorded in 1710–20; flirt + -ation
Discover More

Example Sentences

The series observes Australians on the autism spectrum as they search for The One and meet with a dating coach to discuss the fundamentals of dating and flirtation.

The plot’s flirtation with the supernatural will remind readers of her most celebrated stories, including “The Pagan Rabbi,” “The Shawl” and “The Puttermesser Papers.”

For many, that has meant gravitating to the Web, with video from previously taped productions, Zoom readings, and flirtations with Webcasts, radio plays and newly filmed works.

In a written statement over the weekend, Cuomo said that some of his comments might have been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”

I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.

When asked by the BBC about his flirtation with 9/11 denialism—just asking questions, people!

In that economy, the price of a smile would only be a smile, and flirtation could be exchanged only for flirtation.

Just look at comedian Bill Maher's short-lived flirtation with Paul.

Meanwhile, Carmela has an erotic religion-tinged flirtation with Father Phil back at the house.

As the balloons and electricity scared us, inhibitions were naturally lowered and I saw the flirtation begin.

Because Hartledon once had a flirtation with your daughter, does that give you leave to haunt him as if you were his double?

Aristide was young, he loved flirtation, and flirtation flourished in the Avenue des Plantanes.

You are found in the library engaged in a bold flirtation with her Highness's son, Prince Boris.

No lady of taste will carry on a flirtation in a ball room, so as to attract remark.

If they know they will fight shy of the garden, and many a promising flirtation will be spoilt.


Related Words