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jilt

[ jilt ]
/ dʒɪlt /
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Definition of jilt

verb (used with object)
to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
noun
a woman who jilts a lover.
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Origin of jilt

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

OTHER WORDS FROM jilt

jilt·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for jilt

jilt
/ (dʒɪlt) /

verb
(tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warningshe was jilted at the altar
noun
a woman who jilts a lover

Derived forms of jilt

jilter, noun

Word Origin for jilt

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