verb (used without object)
1. to court triflingly or act amorously without serious intentions; play at love; coquet.
2. to trifle or toy, as with an idea: She flirted with the notion of buying a sports car.
3. to move with a jerk or jerks; dart about: butterflies flirting from flower to flower.
verb (used with object)
4. to give a sudden or brisk motion to; wave smartly, as a fan.
5. to throw or propel with a toss or jerk; fling suddenly.
6. Also, flirter. a person who is given to flirting.
7. a quick throw or toss; sudden jerk or darting motion.
1, 2. dally.
6. minx, coquette, tease.
Origin: 1540-50; expressive word; compare similar initial cluster in flap, flick, flip, and final elements of squirt, spurt, etc.
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