- to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
- a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin of jilt
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She makes her predecessor (and jilter) Brad Womack, who's not very expressive, seem like Ryan Seacrest by comparison.Eight Worst Things About ‘The Bachelorette’
June 29, 2011
- (tr) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warningshe was jilted at the altar
- a woman who jilts a lover
Word Origin for jilt
"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).