\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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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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Today, Stockholm Fashion Week hits its full stride—and the sight of countless local stunners flitting through the city’s tree-lined streets offers a fresh reminder of the shrewd sartorial sense and all-around impossibly good genes of Swedes. Sophie Schulte-hillen, Vogue, "5 Swedish Beauties Who Defined the Word Bombshell," 28 Aug. 2018 The video, which dropped at 9 AM EST on October 10, features Camila walking through a park in the fall, wearing a pink coat and singing, as apparitions of herself and Dylan in happier times flit before her eyes. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Dylan Sprouse and Camila Cabello Kiss in New "Consequences" Music Video," 10 Oct. 2018 More Essays Lack of follow-up: Early on, Tesla tended to flit among projects. John F. Wasik, WSJ, "Lessons From Tesla (the Man, Not the Car)," 14 Sep. 2018 Either choice would look effortlessly right with one of the fancy white dress shirts that flitted through the collections. Lisa Armstrong, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fashion Resolutions for 2015," 27 Nov. 2014 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

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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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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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