\ 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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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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Despite the drizzle, people weave past tents and flit between bars and food stands. R.d. | Paide, The Economist, "Why democracy festivals, a staple in northern Europe, are spreading," 9 Sep. 2019 The writer, portrayed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie, becomes something like a one-man Greek chorus flitting through the production. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cameron Crowe gets back to where it all began, with Old Globe musical adaptation of his movie ‘Almost Famous’," 6 Sep. 2019 Luis Aragones' long managerial career saw him flit around between a number of clubs in Spain – managing more games in the top flight than anybody else. SI.com, "Luis Aragones: Spain's Most Important Manager's All-Time Best XI," 24 June 2019 The track surges with frenzied sounds, flitting between soaring electro-pop and funky percussive melodies, tinny hip-hop chants, EDM dance breaks, and chill, groovy moments. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Red Velvet Take a Magical Ride in 'Zimzalabim' Video: Watch," 19 June 2019 Hence the policy shifts, as Mr Bush and his successors flitted from one recommendation to the next, often in response to domestic pressures. The Economist, "Trumped by the Taliban," 5 Sep. 2019 The film flits from set piece to set piece, from lava bombs to bird dating. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Angry Birds 2’ is chaotic, occasionally thoughtful," 12 Aug. 2019 At this point in my life, my eyes flitted right over potential partners. Jennifer Fliss, Washington Post, "When do I tell my partner about my past trauma?," 28 Aug. 2019 At the crest of central Oregon’s 5,325-foot McKenzie Pass, a black-and-gold swallowtail butterfly landed on the handlebars of my bicycle before flitting to my open hand. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, "A little e-bike cheating makes Oregon Cascades bike tour a gem of a cycling trip," 24 Aug. 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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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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