Jilt meaning

jĭlt
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The definition of jilt is to treat someone badly, or reject a lover.

An example of jilt is for a woman to reject a man as soon as she discovers he has no money.

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(now rare) A woman who rejects a lover or suitor after accepting or encouraging him.
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To deceive or drop (a lover) suddenly or callously.
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One who discards a lover.
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To reject or cast off (a previously accepted lover, etc.)
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A woman who jilts a lover.

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To cast off capriciously or unfeelingly, as a lover; to deceive in love.
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Origin of jilt

  • Possibly from obsolete jilt harlot alteration of gillot diminutive of gille woman, girl from Middle English gill4

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

  • Contracted from Scots jillet (“a giddy girl, a jill-flirt”).

    From Wiktionary