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v. flirt·ed, flirt·ing, flirts
1. To act as if one is sexually attracted to another person, usually in a playful manner.
a. To treat something playfully or superficially: flirt with danger.
b. To consider something playfully or superficially: flirted with the idea of opening a restaurant.
3. To move abruptly or jerkily: The cat's tail flirted as the cat eyed the bird.
1. To toss, flip, or jerk suddenly: flirted the lit match to put it out.
2. To cause to move quickly: "He flirted the dinghy round the big ship" (Rudyard Kipling).
1. One who flirts romantically.
2. An abrupt jerking movement.

[Origin unknown.]

flirt′y adj.
Synonyms: flirt, dally, toy, trifle
These verbs mean to deal lightly, casually, or flippantly with someone or something: flirted with the idea of getting a job; dallied with playing in a band; toyed with the problem; a person not to be trifled with.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flirting - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interestflirting - 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"
References in classic literature ?
She saw all the glories of the camp-- its tents stretched forth in beauteous uniformity of lines, crowded with the young and the gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and, to complete the view, she saw herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six officers at once.
Flirting with any man she could pick up; sitting in corners with mysterious Italians; dancing all the evening with the same partners; receiving visits at eleven o'clock at night.
thank you--thank you very much; you are the last man I should think of flirting with.
Flirting is a purely American custom; it doesn't exist here.
Mother doesn't approve of flirting even in fun, and you do flirt desperately, Teddy.
Now she was afraid that Vronsky might confine himself to simply flirting with her daughter.
You couldn't have been nastier if you'd caught me flirting.
Flirting she could not endure; she drove men away when they became tender, seeing in them the falsehood of Smilash without his wit.
To flirt with Hetty was a very different affair from flirting with a pretty girl of his own station: that was understood to be an amusement on both sides, or, if it became serious, there was no obstacle to marriage.
Polly's flirting was such a very mild imitation of the fashionable thing that Trix & Co.
It's better fun than flirting," concluded Phil gravely.
Despite seemingly flirting with fellow housemate Jordan Davies, the Mob Wives star hit the town with Calum Best after she was kicked off the sho.