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 flirtatiously

Historical Examples of flirtatiously

  • At the swinging gate there was a girl-clerk who smiled up at him, flirtatiously.


    Holworthy Hall

  • At that moment the black gelding was flirtatiously crossing the drawbridge over the Charles on the Allston Road.

    Philosophy 4

    Owen Wister

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flirtatiously



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