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Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Definitions for jilt

  1. to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
  2. a woman who jilts a lover.

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Citations for jilt
But for the sake of some of her relations, I shall give my fair jilt a feigned name. Aphra Behn, The Fair Jilt, 1688
"...we know very well women scarcely ever jilt men; 'tis the men who jilt us." Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, 1874
Origin of jilt
The origin of jilt is uncertain, but it is perhaps from the Middle English gille meaning "lass" or "wench," which was a shortening of the women's name Gillian, a variant of Jill.