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verb (used with object)
  1. to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.

  1. a woman who jilts a lover.

Origin of jilt

First recorded in 1650–60; earlier jilt “harlot,” shortening of jillet

Other words from jilt

  • jilt·er, noun

Words Nearby jilt

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How to use jilt in a sentence

  • The staid sober lover—let him take care the pretty Clara does not jilt him.

    Frank Fairlegh | Frank E. Smedley
  • To "jilt," to throw or dash water on a person; "gellock" (gavelock), an iron lever or crowbar.

    The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
  • Only I shouldn't consider it honourable to jilt Prosy, even for the sake of remaining single.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • He treated the forlorn victim of a woman's jilt as a notable worthy of notable entertainment.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • Is it possible, then, that she did really jilt the young man?

British Dictionary definitions for jilt


/ (dʒɪlt) /

  1. (tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warning: she was jilted at the altar

  1. a woman who jilts a lover

Origin of jilt

C17: from dialect jillet flighty girl, diminutive of proper name Gill

Derived forms of jilt

  • jilter, noun

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