\ˈflit \
flitted; flitting

Definition of flit 

intransitive verb

1 : to pass quickly or abruptly from one place or condition to another

2 archaic : alter, shift

3 : to move in an erratic fluttering manner

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Other Words from flit

flit noun

Examples of flit in a Sentence

butterflies flitting around the garden The hummingbird flitted from flower to flower. She was always flitting around the kitchen.
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Visible panic flits across the faces of fourth-graders clustered in groups around the classroom, their construction paper rustling. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Going green for little kids means dressing in the dark, turning off the iPad," 11 Feb. 2018 There are also a lot of bats flitting about across the globe. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenya," 13 July 2018 Now users flit between apps, talking to some friends on iMessage, others on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, all while doing business on Slack, email and Hangouts. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the ‘Away’ Message," 1 July 2018 Phair flits through the gallery like a hummingbird, all flowing hair and floaty boho-chic maxidress. Emily Gould, The Cut, "Out of Exile," 26 Apr. 2018 Northern cardinals, Carolina chickadees and red-bellied woodpeckers will still flit aplenty through Charlotte neighborhoods. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Carolina birders took notes for 150 years. Many of the species they saw are gone. | Charlotte Observer," 12 Apr. 2018 And their look flits from rococo one day to bohemian the next. Leigh-ann Jackson, latimes.com, "Chloe and Halle Bailey on their personal style, getting ready for their Coachella debut and Beyoncé," 5 Apr. 2018 All because an ember flitted away from a circle of stones. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "A refuge and memories go up in smoke as another backcountry paradise burns away," 5 May 2018 Yellow butterflies flit along a slope of sea figs leading up to the driveway. Jean Guerrero, Glamour, "We've Seen Pictures of Undocumented Boys in Government Facilities. Where Are the Girls?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of flit

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flit

Middle English flitten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flytjask to move, Old English flēotan to float

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Phrases Related to flit

do a moonlight flit

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The first known use of flit was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of flit

: to move or fly quickly from one place or thing to another


\ˈflit \
flitted; flitting

Kids Definition of flit

: to move, pass, or fly quickly from one place or thing to another Hummingbirds flitted from flower to flower.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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