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verb \ˈflərt\

Simple Definition of flirt

  • : to behave in a way that shows a sexual attraction for someone but is not meant to be taken seriously

  • : to think about something or become involved in something in a way that is usually not very serious

  • : to come close to reaching or experiencing something

Full Definition of flirt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move erratically :  flit

  3. 2 a :  to behave amorously without serious intent b :  to show superficial or casual interest or liking <flirted with the idea>; also :  experiment <a novelist flirting with poetry>

  4. 3 :  to come close to reaching or experiencing something —used with with <flirting with disaster>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  flick

  7. 2 :  to move in a jerky manner

flir·ta·tion play \ˌflər-ˈtā-shən\ noun
flirt·er noun
flirty play \ˈflər-tē\ adjective

Examples of flirt

  1. They were flirting all night.

  2. <the servers at that restaurant flirt with all the customers>

Origin of flirt

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1580

Synonym Discussion of flirt

trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet mean to deal with or act toward without serious purpose. trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt <to trifle with a lover's feelings>. toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers <a political novice toying with great issues>. dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement <dallying with the idea of building a boat someday>. flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object <flirted with one fashionable ism after another>. coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention <companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations>.




Simple Definition of flirt

  • : a person who enjoys flirting with other people : a flirtatious person

Full Definition of flirt

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of flirting

  2. 2 :  a person who flirts

Examples of flirt

  1. <he's just a harmless flirt, so don't take him seriously>

Circa 1590

First Known Use of flirt

circa 1590

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February 10, 2016

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