flir·​ta·​tious | \ ˌflər-ˈtā-shəs How to pronounce flirtatious (audio) \

Definition of flirtatious

: inclined to flirt : coquettish

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Other Words from flirtatious

flirtatiously adverb
flirtatiousness noun

Examples of flirtatious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two had exchanged flirtatious texts and Facebook messages in the days leading up to Oct. 9 trying to arrange a time to get together, according to their court testimony. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2021 YouTube has halted payments to James Charles amid the beauty influencer's ongoing scandal involving flirtatious texts with underage boys. Joey Nolfi,, 20 Apr. 2021 Ronnie affirmed her through flirtatious quips and love letters; her love language was acts of service, chief among them the act of protection. Liza Mundy, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2021 When the tenant brings home a flirtatious young stranger, the mounting tension breaks, along with a rainstorm and everybody’s self-control. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 16 Apr. 2021 In this cut-for-time sketch, Ego Nwodim and Cecily Strong are out on a fancy stimmy-money double date with their boyfriends, Mikey Day and Daniel Kaluuya, the latter of whom does not appreciate Salt Bae’s flirtatious antics. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2021 No matter the variation, all of the pieces have a flirtatious swing that will animate any outfit. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2021 Actress Zhang Yuqi refused to do a flirtatious wink as the male host requested. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 Venus in Aries is upfront and direct, so don't be surprised if your flirtatious side takes a front seat this month. Elizabeth Gulino,, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of flirtatious

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flirtatious was in 1834

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22 May 2021

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“Flirtatious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flirtatious

: feeling or showing a sexual attraction for someone that is usually not meant to be taken seriously


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