Origin of flirtatious
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flirt
Synonyms for flirt
Examples from the Web for flirty
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 24, 2014
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
September 30, 2014
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?
August 2, 2014
The British designer's Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a nod to summer with daisy motifs and flirty frocks.Stella McCartney's Feminine Look
September 30, 2013
Marco Zanini delivered a collection for Rochas that was flirty and feminine with a bit of pizzazz.Rochas's Sweet Tooth
September 25, 2013
Historical Examples of flirty
I think she's a nasty, flirty, stuck-up thing; that's what I think!The Lovely Lady
There are the Harewoods, but they are silly and flirty, and I don't care for them.Frances Kane's Fortune
L. T. Meade
If there is anything on earth that I detest, it is a flirty married woman.Phemie Frost's Experiences
Ann S. Stephens
I liked her better when she was flighty and flirty, that I did—a deal better.A Life For a Love
L. T. Meade
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.