\ ˈflərt How to pronounce flirt (audio) \
flirted; flirting; flirts

Definition of flirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move erratically : flit butterflies flirting among the flowers
2a : 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



Definition of flirt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from flirt


flirtation \ ˌflər-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce flirt (audio) \ noun
flirter noun
flirty \ ˈflər-​tē How to pronounce flirt (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for flirt

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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

Examples of flirt in a Sentence

Verb They were flirting all night. the servers at that restaurant flirt with all the customers Noun he's just a harmless flirt, so don't take him seriously
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The shops have been among the few public places where unmarried young men and women can mingle and flirt. New York Times, 29 Aug. 2021 The local artist’s most striking flower paintings flirt with abstraction, and feature thick, turbulent brushstrokes. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 The planes typically flirt with the edges of the storm, and the pilots are taught always to have an escape route and never to get between clouds that could close on them. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Aug. 2021 Western art and artists flirt with irrelevance when existing primarily in the rearview mirror. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The city will flirt with the 100-degree mark on Saturday and Sunday, almost surely setting record highs for the month of June, and then potentially setting a new all-time high of 104 degrees on Monday. New York Times, 25 June 2021 Most of those female werewolf stories flirt with feminist critique, but end in tragedy; suicide, sister murder, humiliation., 16 July 2021 Official temps are expected to peak at 98 at the airport, but some locations will flirt with temps nearing 100 degrees. oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Highs will top out in the mid 90s, and the heat index will flirt with the century mark with a more humid air mass in place. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is unless the Jedi get even better romance options, because the only thing more fun than being a Machiavellian video-game villain is being a big ol’ flirt with a spaceship. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 Even while furiously grieving, human beings are able to laugh, flirt, and dream bigger than our circumstances might allow. Caroline Framke, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Thomas and Serena ride a banana boat, flirt, and kiss. Lia Beck,, 24 Aug. 2021 Cora was bullish on Pérez potential going forward, particularly after seeing his fastball flirt with 96 miles per hour in Tuesday night’s loss to the Rays., 11 Aug. 2021 Young men and women packed nightclubs to hear live rock music and flirt. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, 17 July 2021 Diana and Jeremy are the type of people who hide their emotional wounds behind self-deprecation, biting bons mots, and reveling in their reputations as a flirt and a rake. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 May 2021 Ultimately, the group decided, on the whole, that Marvin—who came in a French flirt and walked away in a committed relationship with Melinda—had experienced the most personal growth. The Editors, Marie Claire, 2 July 2021 Instead, his gritty defense helped the Celtics cool down the Nets and flirt with an upset win. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of flirt


1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flirt

Verb and Noun

origin unknown

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“Flirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of flirt (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈflərt How to pronounce flirt (audio) \
flirted; flirting

Kids Definition of flirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to show a romantic interest in someone just for fun



Kids Definition of flirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who flirts a lot

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