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


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: one that flits

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
Through its evolution, the term seems to flitter between abstract and concrete. Leo Kim, WIRED, 5 Sep. 2023 As Francis prayed before a statue of the Madonna, nearby wildfires turned the sky smoky black and sent ash flittering down on the crowd. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2023 The audience’s fists pumped and their shouts filled the air as bright red lasers flittered across the arena. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 22 June 2023 Meanwhile, Donica's Lancelot is a marvelous mix of both lovesick and courageous — flittering between boldly going toe-to-toe against Arthur in battle to suddenly shrinking his towering six-foot-tall frame the minute Guenevere walks in the door. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2023 Lopez was in the middle of discussing the film when its whirring blades began to slowly flitter into the studio. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 19 Jan. 2023 Auburn saw another double-digit lead flitter away, as LSU scored 21 unanswered points between the second and third quarters. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 2 Oct. 2022 Scrub jays are those large blue birds that flitter around urban and wild L.A. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 And what better way to celebrate spring than walking through an atrium flittering with colorful butterflies? BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2018
Only fountains, flitter sparklers and ground spinners are permitted. Austindedios, oregonlive, 4 July 2023 Shadows flitter across the water. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2020 Physics contains equations that describe everything from the stretching of space-time to the flitter of photons. Quanta Magazine, 16 Jan. 2018 More than 1,000 butterflies flitter among a natural-rock waterfall, palms, and even orchids. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, 12 June 2018 See More

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Word History



frequentative of flit

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1554, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flitter was in the 15th century

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“Flitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flitter. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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