- to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
- a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin of jilt
Examples from the Web for jilted
The Kafranbel posters have jilted both the regime and the rising tide of al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists inside Syria.The Man Syria’s Jihadists Want Dead
January 30, 2014
Never married and approaching 40, his last long-term relationship ended in a jilted bride and returned registry items.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 7, 2013
January 7, 2013
The right wing is like a vulnerable adolescent who has suddenly been jilted.Soviet Communism’s Collapse Left America’s Far Right Without a Real Foe
April 12, 2012
And they know Newt Gingrich is nothing more than a jilted lover at this point, so they will discount his broadsides.Watch This Space: The Presidential Election Could Be Decided in NH
January 7, 2012
Seems neither of the jilted lovers plans to make it easy for the new couple.Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s Hellish Divorce
January 5, 2012
But what makes me sick is to have everyone saying you've jilted me.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But I hope the poor man, though I don't like him, has not been jilted?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
She jilted him with a jolt that knocked his heart out of his mouth.In a Little Town
He had become engaged to a certain Miss Mary Tremenhere, and by her he had been—jilted.
It was said truly of him that the girl had jilted him, but falsely of her that she had been jilted.
- (tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warningshe was jilted at the altar
- a woman who jilts a lover
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).