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flirtatious

or flirt·y

[flur-tey-shuh s or flur-tee]
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adjective
  1. given or inclined to flirtation.
  2. pertaining to or suggesting flirtation.
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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
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  • 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.

    Woman

    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

flirtatious

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

adj.

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

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