verb (used with object)
Origin of jilt
Examples from the Web for jilt
Harry had been offended to the quick, and had called her a jilt; but yet it might be possible that he would return to her.The Claverings|Anthony Trollope
To be so sordid a jilt, to betray me to such a beast as that!Thomas Otway|Thomas Otway
It means, jilt Miss Nicotine in haste, and repent at leisure.Out of the Depths|Robert Ames Bennet
Jilt, jilt, n. a woman who encourages a lover and then rejects him.
If she be a jilt—Damn her, she is one—there's her name at the bottom on't.The Recruiting Officer|George Farquhar
Word Origin for jilt
"to deceive (especially after holding out hopes), cheat, trick," 1660s, from the same source as jilt (n.). Related: Jilted; jilting.
1670s, "loose, unchaste woman; harlot;" also "woman who gives hope then dashes it," perhaps ultimately from Middle English gille "lass, wench," a familiar or contemptuous term for a woman or girl (mid-15c.), originally a shortened form of woman's name Gillian (see Jill).