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


[ flurt ]
/ flɜrt /

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.


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

Origin of flirt

1540–50; expressive word; compare similar initial cluster in flap, flick1, flip1, and final elements of squirt, spurt, etc.

Related formsflirt·ing·ly, adverbflirt·y, adjective, flirt·i·er, flirt·i·est Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flirty

British Dictionary definitions for flirty


/ (flɜːt) /


(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


a person who acts flirtatiously
Derived Formsflirter, nounflirty, adjectiveflirtingly, adverb

Word Origin for flirt

C16: of uncertain origin


/ (flɜːˈteɪʃəs) /


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

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Word Origin and History for flirty
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