Origin of flirtatious
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flirt
Examples from the Web for flirty
Alexander is everything Turing is not—gregarious, flirty, and, you guessed it, charming.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive|Kevin Fallon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Newmark was approached online by “Sophie Wittams,” a blond, flirty, “twentysomething Tory PR girl.”U.K. Tabloid Absurdly Claims ‘Public Interest’ Served in Politician’s Sex Sting|Lizzie Crocker|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She says her posts have changed from flirty Maxim-style bikini shots to controlled images from the waist up.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?|Aurora Snow|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The British designer's Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a nod to summer with daisy motifs and flirty frocks.
Marco Zanini delivered a collection for Rochas that was flirty and feminine with a bit of pizzazz.
"Well, many a flirty girl has settled into a very respectable married woman," continued Tom.
If there is anything on earth that I detest, it is a flirty married woman.Phemie Frost's Experiences|Ann S. Stephens
When your disdainful looks classed me with a flirty kitchen-wench I rebelled at last.Petticoat Rule|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
To relieve the tedium some of the young fellows who were in the crowd began to chaff some of the lassies in a flirty way.An American Hobo in Europe|Ben Goodkind
From thirty to fifty Lady Kirkbank had been known as a flirty matron.Phantom Fortune, A Novel|M. E. Braddon
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.