flit·​ter | \ ˈfli-tər How to pronounce flitter (audio) \
flittered; flittering; flitters

Definition of flitter

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Definition of flitter (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that flits

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of flitter in a Sentence

Verb the birds flittered back and forth between the backyard feeder and the safety of the trees
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And what better way to celebrate spring than walking through an atrium flittering with colorful butterflies? BostonGlobe.com, "A real spring break for families," 4 Apr. 2018 How about hexagonal gridding that evokes a honeycomb forged by flittering bees? Lee Williams, OregonLive.com, "In 'Constellations,' love gains multiple, dizzying dimensions (review)," 21 May 2017 But few have paid attention to the moths, hover flies, beetles, and countless other insects that buzz and flitter through the warm months. Pam Mandel, Longreads, "Sometimes You’re the Bug. Far Fewer Times, of Late.," 14 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Physics contains equations that describe everything from the stretching of space-time to the flitter of photons. Quanta Magazine, "What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?," 16 Jan. 2018 More than 1,000 butterflies flitter among a natural-rock waterfall, palms, and even orchids. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Secret gardens: A global tour of hidden urban oases," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of flitter


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1554, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flitter


frequentative of flit

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“Flitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flitter. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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