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flit

[flit] /flɪt/
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.
  1. to depart or die.
  2. 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: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English flitten < Old Norse flytja to carry, convey, Swedish flytta. See fleet2
Related forms
flittingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fly1 .
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  • 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.
  • Dark shapes flitted among them, shadows that lacked substance yet had eyes of fire.
  • He flitted around the branches of a small tree, seeming to shelter himself from the rain beneath the leaves as he sang.
  • Hundreds of monarch butterflies flitted in the sunshine from mud puddle to wildflower.
  • As dragonflies flitted over the water, bees were busy with the hibiscus blossoms that grow near the wall of the pond.
  • The numerous catbirds seemed especially melodious as they flitted around the shrubbery.
British Dictionary definitions for flitted

flit

/flɪt/
verb (intransitive) 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.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to move house
5.
(Brit, informal) to depart hurriedly and stealthily in order to avoid obligations
6.
an informal word for elope
noun
7.
the act or an instance of flitting
8.
(slang, mainly US) a male homosexual
9.
(Brit, informal) a hurried and stealthy departure in order to avoid obligations (esp in the phrase do a flit)
10.
Derived Forms
flitter, noun
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse flytja to carry
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Word Origin and History for flitted

flit

v.

c.1200, flutten "convey, move, take, carry away, go away," perhaps from Old Norse flytja "to remove, bring."

Theire desire ... is to goe to theire newe masters eyther on a Tewsday, or on a Thursday; for ... they say Munday flitte, Neaver sitte. [Henry Best, farming & account book, 1641]
Related: Flitted; flitting. As a noun, from 1835.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flitted

flit

noun

A male homosexual; effeminate man (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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