- a literary war of words, in versified dialogue.
Origin of fliting
[flahyt]Scot. and North England
- 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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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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