• WordNet 3.6
    • v flirt talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries","My husband never flirts with other women"
    • v flirt behave carelessly or indifferently "Play about with a young girl's affection"
    • n flirt playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
    • n flirt a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
    • Flirt A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer. "Several little flirts and vibrations.""With many a flirt and flutter."
    • Flirt One who flirts; esp., a woman who acts with giddiness, or plays at courtship; a coquette; a pert girl. "Several young flirts about town had a design to cast us out of the fashionable world."
    • a Flirt Pert; wanton.
    • Flirt To jeer at; to treat with contempt; to mock. "I am ashamed; I am scorned; I am flirted ."
    • Flirt To run and dart about; to act with giddiness, or from a desire to attract notice; especially, to play the coquette; to play at courtship; to coquet; as, they flirt with the young men.
    • Flirt To throw with a jerk or quick effort; to fling suddenly; as, they flirt water in each other's faces; he flirted a glove, or a handkerchief.
    • Flirt To toss or throw about; to move playfully to and fro; as, to flirt a fan.
    • Flirt To utter contemptuous language, with an air of disdain; to jeer or gibe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flirt To throw with a quick toss or jerk; fling suddenly or smartly, and carelessly or without aim; toss off or about.
    • flirt To handle with short, quick movements; make waving motions with.
    • flirt To gibe, jeer, or scoff at; flout.
    • flirt To snap the fingers at derisively.
    • flirt To scold; chide.
    • flirt To move nimbly; run or dart about; flutter restlessly; act with levity or giddiness.
    • flirt To play at courtship; practise coquettish diversions; engage in amatory pastime; in general, to make insincere advances of any kind.
    • flirt To practise gibing or jeering; scoff.
    • n flirt A smart toss or cast; a darting or sprightly motion.
    • n flirt A contemptuous remark; a gibe; a jeer.
    • n flirt One who flirts; one who plays at courtship; one who coquets for pastime or adventure: said of either sex, but most commonly of a woman.
    • n flirt A shrewish woman.
    • flirt To throw over; discard; jilt.
    • flirt In archery, to fly unsteadily: said of an arrow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Flirt flėrt to move about quickly like a fan, to flick, rap
    • v.i Flirt to trifle with love: to play at courtship: to move briskly about
    • n Flirt a pert, giddy girl: one who coquets for amusement, usually of a woman
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.”
  • Margaret Oliphant
    Margaret Oliphant
    “To have a man who can flirt is next thing to indispensable to a leader of society.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. flirtje, G. flirtchen,. See Flirt (v. t.)


In literature:

You are employed here to work, not to talk with men nor to flirt.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
You must be a sheriff to be flirting with the speed limit that way an' forgetting you've got a horn.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
You are trying to flirt with me.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
I don't think Steve flirts with any one; he isn't that sort.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
He's a horrid flirt, you know.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Dolly was a pretty, dimpled, roguish little flirt, as rosy and sparkling and fresh as an apple, and she had a great many lovers.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
The mastiffs trotted along by the horses, and the two fine retrievers, Dash and Flirt, galloped about over the plains.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
She was apparently planning neither to flirt nor to faint.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
There was flirting and teasing and romping play.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
A woman in the first class of flirts is possibly more dangerous than the man.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux

In poetry:

With never a thought of flirting,
Though both were in their youth
What would you have said, my lady,
If you had known the truth!
"Platonic" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What do you think of M——'s new coat?
N—— says it don't look well.
Dear me! what makes O—— flirt so much?
That P——'s a perfect swell!
"Gossip!" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Talk as we talked, and they ere death —
Flirt wanly, dance in ghostly-wise,
With ghosts of tunes for melodies,
And vanish at the morning's breath.
"Possibilities" by Rudyard Kipling
Little old women in plenty I find,
Mature in manners and old of mind;
Little old flirts who talk of their "beaux,"
And vie with each other in stylish clothes.
"Wanted--A Little Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Though leaves have fallen long since,
The wagtails flirt and flit,
Glad in the morning sun;
While, on the knotted quince,
The dewdrops, pearled on it,
Bead to a little run. . . .
"The First Thrush" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Then came Evangeline, my third,
And, when I chanced to be away,
She, so subsequently heard,
Was wont (I deeply grieve to say)
With my small retinue to flirt.
I strangled her. I hope it hurt.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

You have to learn how to flirt a little bit and she shared her top tips for getting noticed.
Justin Timberlake and his ex, Cameron Diaz, have been repeatedly spotted "laughing and flirting " between takes on the set of their new romantic comedy "Bad Teacher.".
Unless, of course, you are aiming for a laugh or want your flirting goals made boldly clear.
Football, Flirting and Fun Is Jersey Girl Sports' Triple Threat.
McAllen Restaurant Flirting with Fines.
Phoenix man arrested in Pa. Bridge Street- Flirting with your Spouse 11-15-2012.
Reverend Michael Heath talks about how a little flirting can go a long way to protect your marriage from affairs as well as to put the spark back in your relationship.
Do Consumers Love Your Brand, or Are They Just Flirting .
People usually  flirt to explore what a romantic relationship with the person.
So you danced too close or flirted with a guy on Facebook, kind of.
It's possible to flirt without getting yourself into trouble.
Then don't flirt with someone you know is looking for a romantic relationship.
Don't flirt to make your partner jealous.
Dating Expert Carlos Xuma's New Report On How To Text A Girl: Evoking Emotion and Interest Is Key To Modern Day Flirting .