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[flur-tey-shuh s] /flɜrˈteɪ ʃəs/
given or inclined to flirtation.
pertaining to or suggesting flirtation.
Also, flirty.
Origin of flirtatious
1825-35; flirtat(ion) + -ious
Related forms
flirtatiously, adverb
flirtatiousness, noun
nonflirtatious, adjective
nonflirtatiously, adverb
nonflirtatiousness, noun
unflirtatious, adjective
unflirtatiously, adverb
unflirtatiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flirtatious
  • Avoid flirtatious or provocative names that may cause unwanted attention.
  • They may dress in a provocative manner and be overly enthusiastic, friendly, or flirtatious.
  • But until recently, it served mainly as a tool for trading flirtatious banter, swapping gossip or scheduling sundowners.
  • Yet even in their newly serious roles, all three remain determinedly fun loving and flirtatious.
  • He thought that he was quite funny while being flirtatious in nature.
  • The two strike up a flirtatious exchange that carries them through an affair, and which makes up a large chunk of the narrative.
  • She was good company, ever so slightly flirtatious, and always up for a bit of gossip.
  • And when he was home, too many times she had heard them arguing about his wandering eye and his flirtatious ways.
  • For a while they were confidants and flirtatious best friends.
  • The next time he sees her, she responds to his flirtatious overture in sign language.
British Dictionary definitions for flirtatious


given to flirtation
expressive of playful sexual invitation: a flirtatious glance
Derived Forms
flirtatiously, adverb
flirtatiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flirtatious

1834, from flirtation + -ous. Related: Flirtatiously; flirtatiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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