verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flirt
Synonyms for flirt
Examples from the Web for flirting
Accordingly, she walks up to Pratt and begins rapping her flirting in the terrifying cadence of Nicki Minaj.‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Ladies Steal the Show From Host Chris Pratt|Kevin Fallon|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Big companies are flirting with dumping high-cost employees off their private health plans onto Obamacare—legally.
Clode apparently took an Instagram video with the star, and tagged him, which allegedly set off a night of flirting.James Franco and More Celebrity Social Media Fails|Marina Watts|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kate spends her days guzzling down beers and flirting with her coworker Luke (Jake Johnson).Olivia Wilde on ‘Drinking Buddies,’ Skinny-Dipping, Booze, and More|Marlow Stern|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jamie Dettmer recalls long lunches with the Iron Lady at the Savoy Hotel—the whisky, the flirting, and the strong-arm tactics.
I have never been a flirting man, for which I may thank my father and mother, who aye were leal and true.A Romance of Toronto|Annie Gregg Savigny
He has been flirting with her desperately ever since we left Bombay, and to-morrow he knows he will lose her for ever.Hilda Wade|Grant Allen
And you know, dear, that flirting as a profession wouldn't be in my line at all.Set in Silver|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
I never quite know what people mean when they talk of flirting.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
He told himself that he was talking nonsense, that no boy should keep his girl from singing songs and flirting a little.Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
Word Origin for flirt
1550s, originally "to turn up one's nose, sneer at," then "to rap or flick, as with the fingers" (1560s). The noun is first attested 1540s, from the verb, with the meaning "stroke of wit." It's possible that the original word was imitative, along the lines of flip (v.), but there seems to be some influence from flit, such as in the flirt sense of "to move in short, quick flights," attested from 1580s.
Meanwhile flirt (n.) had come to mean "a pert young hussey" [Johnson] by 1560s, and Shakespeare has flirt-gill (i.e. Jill) "a woman of light or loose behavior," while flirtgig was a 17c. Yorkshire dialect word for "a giddy, flighty girl." All or any of these could have fed into the main modern verbal sense of "play at courtship" (1777), which also could have grown naturally from the earlier meaning "to flit inconstantly from object to object" (1570s), perhaps influenced by Old French fleureter "talk sweet nonsense," also "to touch a thing in passing," diminutive of fleur "flower" and metaphoric of bees skimming from flower to flower.
The noun meaning "person who flirts" is from 1732. The English word also is possibly related to East Frisian flirt "a flick or light blow," and flirtje "a giddy girl." French flirter "to flirt" is a 19c. borrowing from English. Related: Flirted; flirting.