flirtation


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flir·ta·tion

 (flûr-tā′shən)
n.
1. The practice of flirting.
2. A usually temporary romance.
3. A temporary involvement with or achievement of something: "His flirtation with perfection was derailed in the sixth inning" (David Picker).

flirtation

(flɜːˈteɪʃən)
n
1. behaviour intended to arouse sexual feelings or advances without emotional commitment; coquetry
2. any casual involvement without commitment: a flirtation with journalism.

flir•ta•tion

(flɜrˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or practice of flirting; coquetry.
2. a love affair that is not serious.
[1710–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flirtation - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interestflirtation - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"

flirtation

noun teasing, philandering, dalliance, coquetry, toying, intrigue, trifling She was aware of his attempts at flirtation.
Quotations
"Merely innocent flirtation,"
"Not quite adultery, but adulteration" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards the rose - easily trimmed off when once plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on water-plants, making them hard to handle, and when caught, only to be cherished in slimy waters" [Donald Grant Mitchell Reveries of a Bachelor]
"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?" [Mae West Diamond Lil]

flirtation

noun
1. The practice of flirting:
2. A usually brief romance entered into lightly or frivolously:
Translations
مُغازَلَه، مُداعَبَه
flirt
flirt
flört
daîur
flirt
fingirdeşmeflört etme

flirtation

[flɜːˈteɪʃən] Nflirteo m, coqueteo m

flirtation

[flɜːrˈteɪʃən] nflirt m

flirtation

nFlirt m; (= flirting)Flirten nt; his flirtation with death/dangersein Spiel mit dem Tod/der Gefahr

flirtation

[flɜːˈteɪʃn] nflirt m inv

flirt

(fləːt) verb
(often with with) to behave (towards someone) as though one were in love but without serious intentions. She flirts with every man she meets.
noun
a person, especially a woman, who behaves in this way.
flirˈtation noun
act of flirting.
flirˈtatious (-ʃəs) adjective
flirˈtatiously adverb
References in classic literature ?
Miss Thorpe, however, being four years older than Miss Morland, and at least four years better informed, had a very decided advantage in discussing such points; she could compare the balls of Bath with those of Tunbridge, its fashions with the fashions of London; could rectify the opinions of her new friend in many articles of tasteful attire; could discover a flirtation between any gentleman and lady who only smiled on each other; and point out a quiz through the thickness of a crowd.
I have avoided all general flirtation whatever; I have distinguished no creature besides, of all the numbers resorting hither, except Sir James Martin, on whom I bestowed a little notice, in order to detach him from Miss Mainwaring; but, if the world could know my motive THERE they would honour me.
You may imagine the young people brushed up after the labours of the day, and making this novelty, as they would make any novelty, the excuse for walking together and enjoying a trivial flirtation.
But her mother heard, and Joan's simple vanity, having been denied the hope of a dashing marriage, fed itself as well as it could upon the sensation of a dashing flirtation.
Rosamond, for her part, had never enjoyed the days so much in her life before: she was sure of being admired by some one worth captivating, and she did not distinguish flirtation from love, either in herself or in another.
For a day or two after the affront was given, Henry Crawford had endeavoured to do it away by the usual attack of gallantry and compliment, but he had not cared enough about it to persevere against a few repulses; and becoming soon too busy with his play to have time for more than one flirtation, he grew indifferent to the quarrel, or rather thought it a lucky occurrence, as quietly putting an end to what might ere long have raised expectations in more than Mrs.
She belonged, largely, to waiting, as Minerva did to the art of scrapping, or Venus to the science of serious flirtation.
It seems to me you were having a great flirtation with Harry last night?
They had known about love and life and flirtation, while she knew nothing about such things.
In the third place, he was an admirer of Emily; and the opportunity of trying to shake his allegiance by means of a flirtation, in Emily's absence, was too good an opportunity to be lost.
Such glances and tones bring the breath of poetry with them into a room that is half stifling with glaring gas and hard flirtation.
and Tom gave an emphatic nod, as if her words meant more than she suspected "Mind you," he added, "I don't know anything, and only fancied there might be some little flirtation going on.