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flyte

[flahyt]Scot. and North England
verb (used without object), flyt·ed, flyt·ing, noun
  1. flite.
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flite

or flyte

[flahyt]Scot. and North England
verb (used without object), flit·ed, flit·ing.
  1. to dispute; wrangle; scold; jeer.
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noun
  1. a dispute or wrangle; scolding.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Yet though the Lady Dundonald drills me and flytes me and preaches at me, I care not so much.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags

    S. R. Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for flytes

flyte

verb
  1. a variant spelling of flite
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flite

flyte

Scot and Northern English dialect
verb
  1. (tr) to scold or rail at
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noun
  1. a dispute or scolding
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Word Origin

Old English flītan to wrangle, of Germanic origin; related to Old Frisian flīt strife, Old High German flīz strife
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Word Origin and History for flytes

flyte

v.

Old English flitan "to contend, struggle, quarrel;" related to German fleiß, Dutch vlijt "diligence, industry."

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