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



BrE BrE//flɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//flɜːrt//
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[usually singular] a person who flirts with a lot of people She's a real flirt. See related entries: Romance Word Originmid 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flirt

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