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[jilt] /dʒɪlt/
verb (used with object)
to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
a woman who jilts a lover.
Origin of jilt
1650-60; earlier jilt harlot, syncopated variant of jillet
Related forms
jilter, noun
unjilted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jilted
  • The jilted left finds a new object of its affection.
  • The jilted left has found a new object of its affection.
  • In a few minutes she was to be murdered by the jilted soldier.
  • Some other position had been found for the jilted opposition's family member, or some such, and the challenge was relaxed.
  • Maybe it is the fate of junior partners to fret about being jilted.
  • The verses are about a jilted lover who became a street lady.
  • Some monks were jilted so they joined the monastery.
  • To make it worse, she and her new hubby honeymoon in the jilted brother's saloon.
  • Although he had a variety of roles, his specialty seemed to be the jilted husband.
  • No sooner has the boat docked than a helicopter lands, bearing the jilted grooms, all brothers.
British Dictionary definitions for jilted


(transitive) to leave or reject (a lover), esp without previous warning: she was jilted at the altar
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 jilted



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


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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