\ 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 girls make a tactical error this morning by going to work out, leaving Chloe to flirt with every man in sight. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 3 July 2021 The highs over the weekend may even flirt with multiple state records. NBC News, 25 June 2021 Carly bursts onto the scene in the second season of Too Hot to Handle looking to have fun and flirt a little (okay, a lot). The Editors, Marie Claire, 23 June 2021 Many forecast models are showing temperatures in the upper 90s and some locations may flirt with 100 degrees. oregonlive, 17 June 2021 All three had spectacular rookie seasons to help the Browns not only rebound from a winless season, but flirt with a winning record all the way until the final drive of the season. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 17 May 2021 Sam decides to call in favors earned by the generosity of their parents, and Bucky even shows up to help (and flirt with Sarah). Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021 Sims was the only runner to flirt with a record Friday. Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2021 Despite the stereotypes of women being able to cry or flirt their way out of a ticket, the study determined that men are actually more likely to succeed in this regard. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Why doesn’t my significant other flirt like that with me anymore? Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2021 Highs next week flirt with 90F, a few garden- variety thundershowers bubbling each day to break up the muggy monotony. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 On Thursday, the model weighed in on recent viral videos of actors Ben Affleck, 48, and Matthew Perry, 51, appearing to flirt with young women via an exclusive dating app called Raya. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Cuomo’s flirt had been a payback move because the boyfriend had left his job without Cuomo’s permission. Brooke Singman, Fox News, 17 May 2021 In a simpler time, some musical gas-station attendants sell their fuel and flirt with the waitresses running the nearby diner. Matthew J. Palm,, 10 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

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19 Jul 2021

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“Flirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 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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