flit

[flit]
verb (used without object), flitted, flitting.
1.
to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
2.
to flutter, as a bird.
3.
to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.
4.
Chiefly Scot. and North England.
a.
to depart or die.
b.
to change one's residence.
verb (used with object), flitted, flitting.
5.
Chiefly Scot. to remove; transfer; oust or dispossess.
noun
6.
a light, swift movement; flutter.
7.
Scot. and North England. a change of residence; instance of moving to a new address.
8.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a male homosexual.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English flitten < Old Norse flytja to carry, convey, Swedish flytta. See fleet2

flittingly, adverb


1. See fly1.
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flit (flɪt)
 
vb , flits, flitting, flitted
1.  to move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
2.  to fly rapidly and lightly; flutter
3.  to pass quickly; fleet: a memory flitted into his mind
4.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) to move house
5.  informal (Brit) to depart hurriedly and stealthily in order to avoid obligations
6.  an informal word for elope
 
n
7.  the act or an instance of flitting
8.  slang chiefly (US) a male homosexual
9.  informal (Brit) a hurried and stealthy departure in order to avoid obligations (esp in the phrase do a flit)
10.  See moonlight flit
 
[C12: from Old Norse flytja to carry]
 
'flitter
 
n

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Word Origin & History

flit
c.1200, flutten "convey, move, take," perhaps from O.N. flytja "cause to fit," from P.Gmc. *flotojan (see float).
"Theire desire ... is to goe to theire newe masters eyther on a Tewsday, or on a Thursday; for ... they say Munday flitte, Neaver sitte." [1641]
Related: Flitted; flitting.
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Example sentences
It was early evening, and bats flitted through floodlights that illuminated a
  tennis court.
Sparrows flitted in the grain bins, and from the darkened stalls came the
  occasional snort or hoof-stomp on dungy hay.
Colorful spheres and circles flitted before my eyes.
To elude detection, shadowy figures flitted from one car to another, then sped
  away.
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