flit

verb
\ 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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Dozens of orange robotic arms dance and stamp, flitting through intricate steps that turn sheet metal into knives. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Companies—and Two Countries," 20 Jan. 2019 Steam rose from two smokestacks, the crew flitted among three decks, and a horn announced that departure was imminent. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 The Lashes Have It At Valentino, hearts stopped for many reasons, not least of which were the larger-the-life plume lashes dreamily flitting about. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Backed by hefty trust funds, party girl Sara spent her twenties flitting around the globe trying to find herself while the more serious Clare pursued a career as an elite equestrian show jumper. Fox News, "Heiress used family fortune to finance sex cult, feds say," 25 July 2018 They are followed in this endeavor by a Journal reporter (Annabelle Wallis), who apparently is able to drop everything and flit around the country at a moment's notice. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Tag' has moments but doesn't leave a mark," 14 June 2018 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

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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 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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