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jilt

play
verb \ˈjilt\

Definition of jilt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cast off or reject (someone, such as a lover) capriciously or unfeelingly <a jilted lover>

jilter

noun

Examples of jilt in a sentence

  1. She was crushed when he jilted her.

  2. <still trying to get over being jilted by his longtime girlfriend>

Did You Know?

Jilt traces back to the English dialect noun jillet ("a flirtatious girl"), itself from Jill or Gill (used both as a proper name and as a noun meaning "girl") plus the diminutive suffix -et. Jilt itself came into use in the second half of the 17th century as a noun meaning "an unchaste woman" (a sense that is now obsolete) or "a woman who capriciously casts a lover aside," and also as a verb used for the actions of such a woman. These days, the person doing the jilting can be either male or female, and though jilt usually implies the sudden ending of a romantic relationship, it can also be used beyond the context of a romantic relationship with the broader meaning "to sever close relations with."

Origin and Etymology of jilt

see 2jilt


First Known Use: 1673


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jilt

noun

Definition of jilt

  1. :  a person who casts off or rejects someone previously accepted as a lover :  one who jilts (see 1jilt) a lover

Origin and Etymology of jilt

alteration of jillet flirtatious girl


First Known Use: circa 1674


JILT Defined for English Language Learners

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jilt

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verb \ˈjilt\

Definition of jilt for English Language Learners

  • : to end a romantic relationship with (someone) in a sudden and painful way



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