- to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
- a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin of jilt
Related Words for jiltingdump, drop, coquette, discard, leave, deceive, reject, disappoint, ditch, desert, forsake
Examples from the Web for jilting
Historical Examples of 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 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).