\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The flashy synchronous shows of Malaysia; the summertime magic of Japanese hotaru; the rippling sparks of the Great Smoke Mountains: More than 2,000 different firefly species flit, flicker, and glimmer around the globe. Popular Science, "Humans are putting fireflies at risk of extinction," 3 Feb. 2020 His eyes flitted toward the sounds of the History Channel in the background, while Ginger, his grandma’s Chihuahua, and Bella, the Parkers’ cat, protectively encircled him. BostonGlobe.com, "Is the FDA ready for the next E. coli outbreak?," 23 Jan. 2020 Another time, my consciousness flitted between 2008 and 1992. Alexandra Jones, refinery29.com, "What Happened To My Mental Health After I Took Acid," 16 Jan. 2020 Intense, sometimes quasi-romantic bonding between the Doctor, who flits about in space and time, and a traveling companion has been a distinguishing feature of the 21st century series. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Doctor Who’ meets James Bond in the swashbuckling ‘Spyfall’," 1 Jan. 2020 With a cherubic smile and a lilting accent, Ségolène flits about, pouring wine, clearing plates and occasionally decoding Jean-Christophe’s offerings for guests whose menu French is a little lackluster. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Looking for a traditional French restaurant in metro Phoenix? Try this Scottsdale bistro," 30 Dec. 2019 The dancers, like multicolored gazelles, flit and lope and skitter and spin, each following a distinct and singular trajectory. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Dancing with Merce Cunningham in Three Dimensions," 9 Dec. 2019 Scenes flit back and forth through time and the story comes out like a stream of consciousness — a river of text containing only commas and semi-colons, but no periods. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'Good Grief’ is a very personal solo show about a woman’s pain and loss — and may also be about yours," 8 Dec. 2019 Founded in 1971, the LP has flitted uneasily between alliances with the left and the right. Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Flit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flit. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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