Flirt definition

flûrt
To behave as though romantically or sexually attracted to someone, often, specif., without serious intentions or emotional commitment.
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To deal playfully, triflingly, or superficially with.

Flirt with danger.

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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.

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A person who flirts with others.
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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.

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To cause to move quickly.
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​(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.
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An episode of flirting.
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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.

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(intransitive) To dart about; to move with quick, jerky motions. [from 16th c.]
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One given to flirting.
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One who flirts; especially a woman who acts with giddiness, or plays at courtship; a coquette; a pert girl.
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(intransitive) To jeer at; to mock. [16th-18th c.]
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To blurt out. [from 17th c.]
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To move abruptly or jerkily.

The cat's tail flirted as the cat eyed the bird.

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To move jerkily back and forth.

The bird flirted its tail.

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A quick, jerky movement; flutter.
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A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer.
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To act as if one is sexually attracted to another person, usually in a playful manner.
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An abrupt jerking movement.
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(now rare) To toss or flick quickly.
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To move jerkily or unevenly.
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To toss, flip, or jerk suddenly.

Flirted the lit match to put it out.

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flirt with
  • 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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
flirt
Plural:
flirts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

flirt with

Origin of flirt

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

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