flit

verb
\ 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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The cochairs flitted around the event, a party that has been in the works for about a year. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Thanks to Valentino, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Annual Fall Party Was Especially Chic," 8 Nov. 2018 Post flitted between the rat-a-tat rhythms of rapping and gristly, power-ballad crooning. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Post Malone’s White-Rapper Blues," 7 May 2018 In a clearing off one of the Native American nation’s swervy roads, cicadas dot tree branches, cling to leaves and flit around in the afternoon sun. New York Times, "A Story of Survival Revived by the Cicadas’ Loud (and Crunchy) Return," 22 June 2018 That question of real, tangible relationships was something that had been flitting around in my head for a while. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "American Gods Star Yetide Badaki on Finding Bilquis and That Sex Scene," 1 May 2017 Then there are the graphical touches: the tightening skin of a horse as its muscles swell to prep for full gallop; the crisp blades of prairie grasses between which flit all manner of varmints. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Back in the jewel box room, Wilson sings and flits effortlessly between the top and bottom of her register, but her speaking voice is consistently low and slow. Olivia Horn, Vogue, "At Afropunk, H.E.R. Rules the Stage with Sunglasses, Space Buns, and a Feminist Message," 27 Aug. 2018 The photos, posted by people who lament the death of Chicago’s tangible past, flit through my social media feed like a parade of the condemned en route to the guillotine. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Awful! Sad! No More! Stop demolishing Chicago's beautiful old homes," 12 July 2018 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

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

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flit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flit

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

flit

verb
\ 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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