or flirt·y

[ flur-tey-shuh s or flur-tee ]
/ flɜrˈteɪ ʃəs or ˈflɜr ti /


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

Nearby words

  1. flipping,
  2. flippy,
  3. flirt,
  4. flirtable,
  5. flirtation,
  6. flirtatiously,
  7. flirty,
  8. flit,
  9. flit gun,
  10. flitch

Origin of flirtatious

First recorded in 1825–35; flirtat(ion) + -ious

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flirtatiously

  • It was not as though West had kissed her, as a man might kiss a flirtatiously inclined woman.

    The Brute|Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • He felt a sudden recrudescence of jealousy as he heard Ashton's voice unctuously, flirtatiously offering his wife hospitality.

    Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
  • At the swinging gate there was a girl-clerk who smiled up at him, flirtatiously.

    Rope|Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for flirtatiously


/ (flɜːˈteɪʃəs) /


given to flirtation
expressive of playful sexual invitationa flirtatious glance
Derived Formsflirtatiously, adverbflirtatiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for flirtatiously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper