A woman flirts at a picnic.
- The definition of a flirt is a person who habitually behaves in a way designed to be attracting, interesting and engaging to someone in whom they have a romantic interest.
An example of a flirt is a guy who often behaves in a coy and suggestive manner to lots of girls.
- To flirt is defined as to behave in a way to be romantically appealing to someone or to dabble with an idea or with participating in something, but not commit.
- An example of flirt is a girl who bats her eyes and who suggestively touches the arm of a guy, giggling at his jokes.
- To flirt is to casually consider joining a club but not to every really commit.
- Now Rare to toss or flick quickly
- to move jerkily back and forth: the bird flirted its tail
Origin of flirtearlier flert, flurt from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French fleureter, to touch lightly, literally , move from flower to flower from fleur, flower
- to move jerkily or unevenly
- to behave as though romantically or sexually attracted to someone, often, specif., without serious intentions or emotional commitment
- a quick, jerky movement; flutter
- a person who flirts with others
- to engage in flirtatious behavior toward (someone)
- to engage in or become interested in (something) briefly or superficially: an actor flirting with politics
- to expose oneself to in a careless manner: a sky diver flirting with danger
verbflirt·ed, flirt·ing, flirts
- To act as if one is sexually attracted to another person, usually in a playful manner.
- a. To treat something playfully or superficially: flirt with danger.b. To consider something playfully or superficially: flirted with the idea of opening a restaurant.
- To move abruptly or jerkily: The cat's tail flirted as the cat eyed the bird.
- To toss, flip, or jerk suddenly: flirted the lit match to put it out.
- To cause to move quickly: “He flirted the dinghy round the big ship” ( Rudyard Kipling )
- One who flirts romantically.
- An abrupt jerking movement.
Origin of flirtOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present flirts, present participle flirting, simple past and past participle flirted)
- To throw (something) with a jerk or sudden movement; to fling. [from 16th c.]
- They flirt water in each other's faces.
- to flirt a glove, or a handkerchief
- (intransitive) To jeer at; to mock. [16th-18th c.]
- (intransitive) To dart about; to move with quick, jerky motions. [from 16th c.]
- To blurt out. [from 17th c.]
- (intransitive) To play at courtship; to talk with teasing affection, to insinuate sexual attraction in a playful (especially conversational) way. [from 18th c.]
- 2006, The Guardian, 21 Apr 2006:
- Dr Hutchinson, who told jurors that he had been married for 37 years and that his son was a policeman, said he enjoyed flirting with the woman, was flattered by her attention and was anticipating patting her bottom again - but had no intention of seducing her.
- 2006, The Guardian, 21 Apr 2006:
1553, from the merger of Early Modern English flirt (“to flick”), flurt (“to mock, jibe, scorn”), and flirt, flurt (“a giddy girl”). Of obscure origin and relation. Apparently related to similar words in Germanic, compare Eastern Frisian flirt (“a flick of the fingers, a light blow”), Eastern Frisian flirtje (“a giddy girl”), Low German flirtje (“a flirt”), German Flirtchen (“a flirt”), Norwegian flira (“to giggle, titter”). Perhaps from Middle English gill-flurt (“a flirt”), or an alteration of flird (“a trifling", also, "to jibe, jeer at”), from Middle English flerd (“mockery, fraud, deception”), from Old English fleard (“nonsense, vanity, folly, deception”). Compare Scots flird (“to talk idly, flirt, flaunt”). See flird.