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 ?
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. You may figure to yourself the hum of voices along the road in the gloaming.
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. Upon the whole she felt gratified, even though such a limited and evanescent triumph should involve her daughter's reputation; it might end in marriage yet, and in the warmth of her responsiveness to their admiration she invited her visitors to stay to tea.
Flirtation, after all, was not necessarily a singeing process.
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. Pedestalled and in bronze she might have stood with the noblest of her heroic sisters as "Liver-and-Bacon Enlivening the World." She belonged to Cypher's.
Her character will be fixed, and she will, at sixteen, be the most determined flirt that ever made herself or her family ridiculous; a flirt, too, in the worst and meanest degree of flirtation; without any attraction beyond youth and a tolerable person; and, from the ignorance and emptiness of her mind, wholly unable to ward off any portion of that universal contempt which her rage for admiration will excite.
"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.
They talk of flirtation. I know it's not he that I love; but still I am happy with him, and he's so jolly.
Such glances and tones bring the breath of poetry with them into a room that is half stifling with glaring gas and hard flirtation.