Scot. and North England
[ flahyt ]
/ flaɪt /
verb (used without object), flit·ed, flit·ing.
a dispute or wrangle; scolding.
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Origin of flite
First recorded before 900; (verb) Middle English fliten, Old English flītan “to strive, contend”; akin to Middle High German vlīzen (German Fleiss “industry”), Old Saxon flītan; (noun) Middle English; Old English flīt “strife, abuse,” derivative of the verb
Words nearby flite
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Example sentences from the Web for flite
Lad's love is lassie's delight, / And if lads won't love, lassies will flite (scold).
British Dictionary definitions for flite
Scot and Northern English dialect
(tr) to scold or rail at
a dispute or scolding
Word Origin for flite
Old English flītan to wrangle, of Germanic origin; related to Old Frisian flīt strife, Old High German flīz strife
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