flirt

verb
\ 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 withflirting 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

flirt

noun

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

Verb

flirtation \ ˌflər-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce flirtation (audio) \ noun
flirter noun
flirty \ ˈflər-​tē How to pronounce flirty (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for flirt

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Verb

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 Then, two years ago, Thompson finally worked up the nerve to flirt with him. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "She hasn't seen her Canadian boyfriend in months. They want the same border rights as married couples.," 3 July 2020 Early next week a few cities in the Plains states may even flirt with their all-time record highs. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks"," 10 July 2020 Then, two years ago, Thompson finally worked up the nerve to flirt with him. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "She hasn't seen her Canadian boyfriend in months. They want the same border rights as married couples.," 3 July 2020 In February, 2019, a Kotaku report identified several Twitch streamers who had used their platform to flirt with or groom young women. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning," 26 June 2020 Then, two years ago, Thompson finally worked up the nerve to flirt with him. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "She hasn't seen her Canadian boyfriend in months. They want the same border rights as married couples.," 3 July 2020 Then, two years ago, Thompson finally worked up the nerve to flirt with him. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "These couples want the same right as married couples when crossing the border," 2 July 2020 Elsewhere in the collection, human life takes on nebulous shapes: a zoology conference turns feral, a volleyball game descends into literal hell, and immortals flirt with the limits of power and possession. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 Overfilling a spool can cause massive tangles for beginning casters (because slack line is more likely to pop off), but experienced spinfishermen should be able to flirt carefully with disaster and cast farther as a result. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drinking alcohol also lowers inhibitions and makes people more likely to flout safety precautions, especially the younger people who go to flirt and socialize at bars, added Natalie Dean, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Florida. TheWeek, "Why bars should be the 1st thing closed as COVID-19 cases rise, according to science," 2 July 2020 Give me Natalie Bolton asking Parvati how being a flirt in Survivor resonates for her in the bedroom. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War finale recap: Dominance is rewarded," 14 May 2020 The dialogue winks and sparks on the page, making every story feel like a flirt. New York Times, "Two Lies and a Truth: Story Collections Exploring the Spectrum of Human Honesty," 10 Mar. 2020 The two flirt between takes, sharing interest in the rapturous possibilities of pre-Christian theology. Yasmina Price, The New York Review of Books, "Kathleen Collins’s Ecstatic Self-Discovery," 29 Feb. 2020 As oil flirts with the prospect of decline, energy executives are at odds over what to do. Justin Worland, Time, "The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning With Climate Change," 16 Jan. 2020 After some flirt and pleas to take her out on a date, Faith finally obliged. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Faith Evans and Stevie J On Raising A Son With Autism," 8 Nov. 2019 The retro pop song is decorated with percussion-heavy flourishes and dressed in an airy illustration of longing for someone, as an interpretive dancer glides across an empty room with open windows and flirts with the fanning white curtains. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A R I Z O N A Just Wants to Be 'Where You Are' in Their Latest Whimsical Video: Watch," 16 Oct. 2019 At best, the millennial sound flirts with escape and experimentation (Frank Ocean; Childish Gambino); much of it has a taste for shameless maximalism (Ariana Grande; Rihanna). Wired, "Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of flirt

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flirt

Verb and Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of flirt was in 1580

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30 Jul 2020

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“Flirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flirt. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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flirt

verb
How to pronounce flirt (audio)

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

flirt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who enjoys flirting with other people : a flirtatious person

flirt

verb
\ 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

flirt

noun

Kids Definition of flirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who flirts a lot

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