- 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 jilting
For an instant, Laurent had the idea of not marrying at all, of jilting Therese.Therese Raquin
I suppose she did it to show she didn't mind Frederik's jilting her.'The Return of Peter Grimm
Darling, I wonder if jilting runs in families like consumption and red faces.Dodo's Daughter
E. F. Benson
"There is no question of jilting Lady Kitty," he answered steadily.The Quiver 12/1899
"There will be no jilting about the matter," replied Dr. Marsh irritably.A Woman's Burden
- (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 jilting
"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).