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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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  • It is too ridiculous that such a girl as Thomasin could so mortify us as to get jilted on the wedding day.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • But what makes me sick is to have everyone saying you've jilted me.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The poet was jilted, went through the usual despairs, and resorted to the not unusual sources of consolation.

  • She jilted him with a jolt that knocked his heart out of his mouth.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Grant Atherwald jilted his bride, or was spirited away by persons unknown.

    Danger at the Drawbridge Mildred A. Wirt
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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