flir·​ta·​tious | \ˌflər-ˈtā-shəs \

Definition of flirtatious 

: inclined to flirt : coquettish

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Other Words from flirtatious

flirtatiously adverb
flirtatiousness noun

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People with Aries Venus adore flirtatious romances that are defined by physical touch, exciting spontaneity, and (of course) some playful bickering to keep the flame burning. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 These may be innocuous reminders and Instagram updates, but what about flirtatious texts? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Your smartphone is giving away more personal info than you realize. Here's how to lock it down.," 16 Mar. 2018 The two began sending messages that quickly became flirtatious, according to prosecutors. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Trooper showed up in patrol car for hotel date with 16-year-old girl, charges say," 30 Apr. 2018 Chayanne, who has an extensive artistic career, is known for being very romantic and flirtatious on stage. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Chayanne to Debut 'Desde El Alma' Tour in the U.S: Exclusive," 5 Mar. 2018 Fischer never administered field-sobriety or breathalyzer tests, according to the claim, and was flirtatious during the encounter. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Legal claim says deputy groped San Diego State student in 2012 and detectives pressured her not to file complaint," 16 June 2018 Kyle Patterson’s ever affable Alberto, Molly Clementz’s perky Doralice, Phil Meyer’s hilarious Anselmo and Jessie Shulman’s sagaciously flirtatious Madama la Rose all convinced. Mark Swed,, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 Still, a sharp-witted, distinct voice emerged, alternating between humorous, flirtatious, argumentative, and instructive. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 The flirtatious comments are just the latest clues that Priyanka and Nick are romantically linked. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Comments on Nick Jonas' Instagram, Further Fueling Dating Rumors," 5 June 2018

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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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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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