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flirt

verb \ ˈflərt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of flirt

intransitive verb
1 :to move erratically :flit
  • butterflies flirting among the flowers
2 a :to behave amorously without serious intent
  • He flirts with every attractive woman he meets.
b :to show superficial or casual interest or liking
  • flirted with the idea
; also :experiment
  • a novelist flirting with poetry
3 :to come close to reaching or experiencing something used with with
  • flirting with disaster
transitive verb
1 :flick
  • They flirt water at each other's faces.
2 :to move in a jerky manner
  • a bird flirting its tail

flirtation

play \ˌflər-ˈtā-shən\ noun

flirter

noun

flirty

play \ˈflər-tē\ adjective

Examples of flirt in a Sentence

  1. They were flirting all night.

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

Recent Examples of flirt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flirt

origin unknown

flirt Synonyms

Synonyms
coquet (or coquette), dally, frivol, mess around, toy, trifle
Related Words
vamp; court, mash, woo; josh, kid, put on, razz, rib, tease; fool, lead on, string along; manipulate, play (with)
Near Antonyms
float, hang, hover

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

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flirt

noun

Definition of flirt

1 :an act or instance of flirting
2 :a person who flirts

Examples of flirt in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of flirt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flirt

see 1flirt

flirt Synonyms

Synonyms
flirter, wanton
Related Words
coquet; coquette, jade, soubrette; vamp

FLIRT Defined for English Language Learners

flirt

verb

Definition of flirt for English Language Learners

  • : 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


flirt

noun

Definition of flirt for English Language Learners

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


FLIRT Defined for Kids

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flirt

verb \ ˈflərt \

Definition of flirt for Students

flirted; flirting
:to show a romantic interest in someone just for fun

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flirt

noun

Definition of flirt for Students

:a person who flirts a lot


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