verb (used without object), flit·ted, flit·ting.

verb (used with object), flit·ted, flit·ting.

Chiefly Scot. to remove; transfer; oust or dispossess.


Origin of flit

1150–1200; Middle English flitten < Old Norse flytja to carry, convey, Swedish flytta. See fleet2
Related formsflit·ting·ly, adverb

Synonyms for flit

1. See fly1.
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Related Words for flit

hover, flicker, whiz, zip, dart, fly, rush, flash, run, whisk, float, sail, sweep, scud, skim, dance, pass, fleet, hurry, speed

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British Dictionary definitions for flit


verb flits, flitting or flitted (intr)

to move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
to fly rapidly and lightly; flutter
to pass quickly; fleeta memory flitted into his mind
Scot and Northern English dialect to move house
British informal to depart hurriedly and stealthily in order to avoid obligations
an informal word for elope


the act or an instance of flitting
slang, mainly US a male homosexual
British informal a hurried and stealthy departure in order to avoid obligations (esp in the phrase do a flit)
Derived Formsflitter, noun

Word Origin for flit

C12: from Old Norse flytja to carry
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Word Origin and History for flit

c.1200, flutten "convey, move, take, carry away, go away," perhaps from Old Norse flytja "to remove, bring."

Theire desire ... is to goe to theire newe masters eyther on a Tewsday, or on a Thursday; for ... they say Munday flitte, Neaver sitte. [Henry Best, farming & account book, 1641]

Related: Flitted; flitting. As a noun, from 1835.

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