verb (used without object), flit·ted, flit·ting.
- to depart or die.
- to change one's residence.
verb (used with object), flit·ted, flit·ting.
Origin of flit
Examples from the Web for flitting
He was like some comedic humming bird, flitting from Megan Mullally to Eric McCormack to Debra Messing.The Failure of ‘Sean Saves the World’ Is Epically Disappointing|Kevin Fallon|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She first appears onscreen in the late 1950s, flitting around the breakfast table in a negligee.Oprah Winfrey’s Fashion Evolution in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’|Isabel Wilkinson|August 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He spent his 20s flitting from one beautiful woman to the next, often to the benefit of his own career.Whitney Houston’s Final Romance: Was Ray J Using Her for Reality TV?|Ramin Setoodeh|February 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Greenblatt will turn a young 68 in a few months, and the last thing on his ebullient, flitting mind is death.
SCORPIO Look at you, flitting around social-butterfly style.
The men were in the wood, and saw them flitting amongst the trees.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
Hover and tremble, flitting till thou findest, Butterfly, thy treasure!My Beautiful Lady. Nelly Dale|Thomas Woolner
Her eyes were dancing now, and two dimples were flitting about her mouth.Gordon Keith|Thomas Nelson Page
Nought stirring save a stealthy, profligate, good-for-nothing cat, flitting fine through yon area bars.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
One was ahead, flitting from tree to tree, its identity almost indistinguishable at first.With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga|W. Bert Foster
British Dictionary definitions for flitting
verb flits, flitting or flitted (intr)
Word Origin for flit
Word Origin and History for flitting
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.