flirtation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flirtation playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Flirtation between the members of the opposite sex on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.
    • Flirtation Playing at courtship; coquetry. "The flirtations and jealousies of our ball rooms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
    • n flirtation A flirting; a quick sprightly motion.
    • n flirtation Playing at courtship; amorous trifling or adventure.
    • n flirtation Synonyms Flirtation, Coquetry. Coquetry may be general: as, she was full of coquetry. Flirtation is special. Coquetry is the result of the love of admiration; flirtation is more often for the testing or the exhibition of power, and is generally venturesome or challenging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flirtation the act of flirting
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Onomatopœic, like flick, flip, flirk (a jerk), spurt, squirt.

Usage

In literature:

He had taken an antipathy to this man, who commenced a sort of condescending flirtation with his wife.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
To the girl's own mind it was not a flirtation at all.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Moreover, the house was full of "gentlemen" lodgers, with three of whom Elsa was conducting most violent flirtations.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
During those weeks I was an idle man, wretchedly bored; and I fell into a flirtation with Maude.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The woman only laughed and seemed to enjoy the flirtation.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
Is this only a flirtation?
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
By-the-by, was there not a strong flirtation with a Miss Bellasys?
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
All the late flirtations, etc.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891" by Various
We had no idea till last night how difficult it was for a Queen to indulge in a bit of flirtation!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
To him this has been nothing more than a passing flirtation.
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
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In poetry:

A young girl stands
Upon the sands,
And waves her hands--
Flirtation.
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
What is flirtation? Really,
How can I tell you that?
But when she smiles I see its wiles,
And when he lifts his hat.
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
After this secret flirtation, in Oslo
We came out barren…
They granted us a homeland smaller than a grain of wheat…
A homeland we swallow without water
Like pills of aspirin!!…
"The Hasteners" by Nizar Qabbani

In news:

But glory in this realm involves flirtation with monumental risk.
The widespread assumption that Trump's flirtation with the presidency is a publicity stunt is no doubt at least partly true.
The supermarket industry's flirtation with "better-for-you" salty snacks is poised to become a full-blown affair -- and the match maker is Frito-Lay.
Solomon Burke- Cry to Me Percy Sledge- Thief in the Night Bobby Womack- Don't look Back Jimmy Ruffin- I've Passed This Way Before The Flirtations- How Can You Tell Me.
50 Cent's CD "The Massacre" delivers threats and flirtations.
Manchester City's second flirtation with the Champions League ended today in a deeply frustrating group stage elimination after they could only draw 1-1 at home to Real Madrid.
After a "youthful flirtation" with the music industry, at age 30, Beckett decided to switch careers.
Our series looking at the pros and cons of each conference for Notre Dame continues today with the Big Ten, no stranger to past flirtations with the Irish.
Picture your partner listening in on your flirtation .
Such was the case with me when a reporter from a Yankee newspaper called to interview me on the fine art of flirtation .
Flirtation signals a concern for self, which could decrease likability but increase negotiating strength.
Ending a weeks-long flirtation that would have dramatically reshaped the race, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination.
Ending a weeks-long flirtation that would have dramatically reshaped the race, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination, CBS News has learned.
After their split, followed by his much- publicized flirtation with numerous.
Our long national nightmare is officially over, as Donald Trump has picked a candidate in the 2012 presidential race, thereby ending his long, long flirtation with his own presidential bid (one would assume).
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