or flirt·y

[flur-tey-shuh s or flur-tee]


given or inclined to flirtation.
pertaining to or suggesting flirtation.

Origin of flirtatious

First recorded in 1825–35; flirtat(ion) + -ious
Related formsflir·ta·tious·ly, adverbflir·ta·tious·ness, nounnon·flir·ta·tious, adjectivenon·flir·ta·tious·ly, adverbnon·flir·ta·tious·ness, nounun·flir·ta·tious, adjectiveun·flir·ta·tious·ly, adverbun·flir·ta·tious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flirtatious

Contemporary Examples of flirtatious

Historical Examples of flirtatious

  • I'm afraid I've spent too flirtatious a youth, and it isn't easy for me to settle.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • She became frivolous and flirtatious and was beginning to do poorly in high school.


    William J. Robinson

  • She was simply a composite of flirtatious instinct and an amazing candor.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Good thing if some of the flirtatious women could have seen that.

    The Harvester

    Gene Stratton Porter

  • Their flirtatious first glances had ceased for want of encouragement.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for flirtatious



given to flirtation
expressive of playful sexual invitationa flirtatious glance
Derived Formsflirtatiously, adverbflirtatiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flirtatious

1834, from flirtation + -ous. Related: Flirtatiously; flirtatiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper