verb (used with object)

to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.


a woman who jilts a lover.

Origin of jilt

1650–60; earlier jilt harlot, syncopated variant of jillet
Related formsjilt·er, nounun·jilt·ed, adjective
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Related Words for jilted

neglected, deserted, discarded, abandoned, forsaken

Examples from the Web for jilted

Contemporary Examples of jilted

Historical Examples of jilted

  • But what makes me sick is to have everyone saying you've jilted me.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But I hope the poor man, though I don't like him, has not been jilted?

  • She jilted him with a jolt that knocked his heart out of his mouth.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He had become engaged to a certain Miss Mary Tremenhere, and by her he had been—jilted.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • It was said truly of him that the girl had jilted him, but falsely of her that she had been jilted.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for jilted



(tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warningshe was jilted at the altar


a woman who jilts a lover
Derived Formsjilter, noun

Word Origin for jilt

C17: from dialect jillet flighty girl, diminutive of proper name Gill
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Word Origin and History for jilted



"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).

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