\ ˈflit How to pronounce flit (audio) \
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Ducks looking for breakfast zigzag around a tranquil lagoon; hummingbirds flit around the bushes that line the stone pathways. Michaela Trimble, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Dec. 2021 Waves lap gently on the white sand nearby, and black, brown and white butterflies flit among its branches. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Same-shade yellow sulfur butterflies flit about the flowers. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Instead, the entrepreneurs being lost to gainful employment are those who would otherwise flit between the two worlds. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Whales frolic in the cobalt waters, while seabirds flit in the salt winds overhead. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 The covers flit by in a fraction of a second, in part suggesting, through the accumulation of images, the prolific afterlives of the band’s founding members. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 What is significant, though, is the persistence of both, and how quickly the atmosphere around the club can flit between the two. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Birds flit quickly from branch to branch, while butterflies restlessly flap their wings. oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Flit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flit. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of flit

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


\ ˈflit How to pronounce flit (audio) \
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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