Definition of flirt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flirt

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verb
BrE BrE//flɜːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɜːrt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flirt
BrE BrE//flɜːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɜːrt//
 
he / she / it flirts
BrE BrE//flɜːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɜːrts//
 
past simple flirted
BrE BrE//ˈflɜːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrtɪd//
 
past participle flirted
BrE BrE//ˈflɜːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrtɪd//
 
-ing form flirting
BrE BrE//ˈflɜːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrtɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive] flirt (with somebody) to behave towards somebody as if you find them sexually attractive, without seriously wanting to have a relationship with them He flirts outrageously with his female clients. See related entries: Romance Word Origin mid 16th cent.: apparently symbolic, the elements fl- and -irt both suggesting sudden movement; compare with flick and spurt. The original verb senses were ‘give someone a sharp blow’ and ‘sneer at’; the earliest noun senses were ‘joke, jibe’ and ‘flighty girl’ (defined by Dr Johnson as ‘a pert young hussey’), with a notion originally of cheeky behaviour, later of playfully amorous behaviour. Phrasal Verbsflirt with something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flirt

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