\ ˈjilt How to pronounce jilt (audio) \
jilted; jilting; jilts

Definition of jilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cast off or reject (someone, such as a lover) capriciously or unfeelingly a jilted lover



Definition of jilt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from jilt


jilter noun

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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."

Examples of jilt in a Sentence

Verb She was crushed when he jilted her. still trying to get over being jilted by his longtime girlfriend
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last October Microsoft was awarded a contract worth up to $10 billion for the system, jilting Amazon, the cloud-computing market leader. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2020 The field has winnowed dramatically in the last few days, with billionaire Tom Steyer dropping out on Saturday, followed by Buttigieg, who jilted Dallas supporters awaiting his rally at a downtown park. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Mar. 2020 Treviño said Lime’s suggestion that high city fees had played into its decision to leave would concern him more if only San Antonio had been jilted. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, 9 Jan. 2020 He’d just been jilted by head coach Willie Taggart, who leveraged Oregon and then left the Ducks for Florida State and a $30 million windfall. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 7 Dec. 2019 All of this comes months after UConn jilted the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for the Big East. Michael Hamad, courant.com, 27 Nov. 2019 After all, Oregonians felt used, misled and jilted by the way the coach conducted himself in his one season in Eugene. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, in Boston, millions of Celtics fans jilted by Kyrie are prepared to build Kemba a statue before he's even played a game. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, 4 Sep. 2019 Not wanting a guy who jilted you to succeed I get, but some of the anger and nastiness is way over the top. Tim Brown, oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What felt like a jilt to the losers showed just how much of a hold Amazon exerted on a swath of American cities. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of jilt


1673, in the meaning defined above


circa 1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jilt

Noun and Verb

alteration of jillet flirtatious girl

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“Jilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jilt. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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