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jilt

[jilt] /dʒɪlt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
noun
2.
a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; earlier jilt harlot, syncopated variant of jillet
Related forms
jilter, noun
unjilted, adjective
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  • And when they jilt him, he rationalizes the rejection by spinning tales of conspiracy.
British Dictionary definitions for jilt

jilt

/dʒɪlt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warning: she was jilted at the altar
noun
2.
a woman who jilts a lover
Derived Forms
jilter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from dialect jillet flighty girl, diminutive of proper name Gill
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Word Origin and History for jilt
v.

"to deceive (especially after holding out hopes), cheat, trick," 1660s, from the same source as jilt (n.). Related: Jilted; jilting.

n.

1670s, "loose, unchaste woman; harlot;" also "woman who gives hope then dashes it," perhaps ultimately from Middle English gille "lass, wench," a familiar or contemptuous term for a woman or girl (mid-15c.), originally a shortened form of woman's name Gillian (see Jill).

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