flirtatious

adjective

flir·​ta·​tious ˌflər-ˈtā-shəs How to pronounce flirtatious (audio)
: inclined to flirt : coquettish
flirtatiously adverb
flirtatiousness noun

Examples of flirtatious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This self-unawareness can manifest as recycled, flirtatious lines that attract attention but fail to reveal our true selves. Mark Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 But Mino’s tenderness with Alex, combined with his confident, flirtatious edge, eventually won her over. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2024 After being friends with a man for about two years, Sigourney Norman received a flirtatious direct message from him on Instagram. Gina Cherelus, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2024 The coquette aesthetic is flirtatious, playful, and charming, rooted in a sense of femininity and allure, drawing inspiration from vintage fashion, romanticism, and whimsical details. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Dec. 2023 On the fringes of a party, Alex debates whether to discard her demure affect for a flirtatious one. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2023 In Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor and Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, Moffat created another cute, flirtatious pairing for the TARDIS. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Anastasia, a would-be fortune teller, exudes a brassy, flirtatious tone with the estranged wealthy couple. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Think of flirtatious details like ruffles, bows, and lace and soft colors like shades of blush pink, lavender, mint green, and baby blue. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flirtatious was in 1834

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“Flirtatious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flirtatious. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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