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flirt

[ flurt ]
/ flɜrt /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to give a sudden or brisk motion to; wave smartly, as a fan.
to throw or propel with a toss or jerk; fling suddenly.

noun

Also flirter. a person who is given to flirting.
a quick throw or toss; sudden jerk or darting motion.

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Origin of flirt

1540–50; expressive word; compare similar initial cluster in flap, flick1, flip1, and final elements of squirt, spurt, etc.
flirt·ing·ly, adverbflirt·y, adjective, flirt·i·er, flirt·i·est
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British Dictionary definitions for flirt

flirt
/ (flɜːt) /

verb

(intr) to behave or act amorously without emotional commitment; toy or play with another's affections; dally
(intr usually foll by with) to deal playfully or carelessly (with something dangerous or serious); triflethe motorcyclist flirted with death
(intr usually foll by with) to think casually (about); toy (with)to flirt with the idea of leaving
(intr) to move jerkily; dart; flit
(tr) to subject to a sudden swift motion; flick or toss

noun

a person who acts flirtatiously
flirter, nounflirty, adjectiveflirtingly, adverb
C16: of uncertain origin
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