[ flahy-ting ]
/ ˈflaɪ tɪŋ /


a literary war of words, in versified dialogue.

Nearby words

  1. flit gun,
  2. flitch,
  3. flitch beam,
  4. flitchplate,
  5. flite,
  6. flitter,
  7. flittermouse,
  8. flitty,
  9. flivver,
  10. flo

Origin of fliting

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at flite, -ing1


or flyte

[ flahyt ]
/ flaɪt /
Scot. and North England

verb (used without object), flit·ed, flit·ing.

to dispute; wrangle; scold; jeer.


a dispute or wrangle; scolding.

Origin of flite

before 900; (v.) 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 v.

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British Dictionary definitions for fliting



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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