[ jilt ]
/ dʒɪlt /

verb (used with object)

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


a woman who jilts a lover.

Nearby words

  1. jillaroo,
  2. jillet,
  3. jillion,
  4. jilolo,
  5. jilong,
  6. jim,
  7. jim crow,
  8. jim crow law,
  9. jim crow laws,
  10. jim crowism

Origin of jilt

1650–60; earlier jilt harlot, syncopated variant of jillet

Related formsjilt·er, nounun·jilt·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for jilted


/ (dʒɪlt) /


(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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