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jilt

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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

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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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