flirt

1 of 2

verb

flirted; flirting; flirts

intransitive verb

1
: to move erratically : flit
butterflies flirting among the flowers
2
a
: 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
flirtation noun
flirter noun
flirty adjective

flirt

2 of 2

noun

1
: an act or instance of flirting
2
: a person who flirts
Choose the Right Synonym for flirt

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In that time, Julien has continued his project of reinventing the biopic genre, flirting with its conventions while also chafing against them. Alex Greenberger, ARTnews.com, 12 July 2024 The Oxford band – completed by Drew MacFarlane (guitar), Edmund Irwin-Singer (bass) and Joe Seaward (drums) – had flirted with commercial and critical success in the past. Thomas Smith, Billboard, 12 July 2024
Noun
Mercury mimics some of the Sun’s social interactions, while Venus falls for the North Node of the future and flirts with lucky Jupiter on the side. Jennifer Culp, Them, 12 July 2024 Song fictionalized this first encounter in Past Lives in a woozy scene where protagonist Nora (Greta Lee) flirts with future husband Arthur (John Magaro) under the fairy lights at a dreamlike residency. Madeline Leung Coleman, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for flirt 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flirt was in 1580

Dictionary Entries Near flirt

Cite this Entry

“Flirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flirt. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flirt

1 of 2 verb
1
: to show a liking for someone of the opposite sex just for fun
2
: toy entry 2
flirted with the idea
flirtation noun
flirtatious
-shəs
adjective
flirtatiousness noun
flirter
ˈflərt-ər
noun

flirt

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

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