American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The practice of flirting.
- n. A superficial and usually temporary romance.
- n. A brief involvement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flirting; a quick sprightly motion.
- n. Playing at courtship; amorous trifling or adventure.
- n. Synonyms Flirtation, Coquetry. Coquetry may be general: as, she was full of coquetry. Flirtation is special. Coquetry is the result of the love of admiration; flirtation is more often for the testing or the exhibition of power, and is generally venturesome or challenging.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Playing at courtship; coquetry.
- n. playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
“From my psychotherapeutic activity, I know too well how much vileness and perversity are gently covered by the term flirtation nowadays in the circle of those who have learned early to conceal the traces.”
“The failing to do this is the greatest mistake of the present generation, for if girls be capable of nothing but morbid sentiment or what we term flirtation, they will naturally look to matrimony as their destiny and as a means of support -- a self-abasement from which no woman can fully recover, even under the most favorable circumstances.”
“And what would a ball be without this undercurrent of what we call flirtation; in reality, this yearning for the one in the multitude.”
“There's no reason to impugn the reputations of any of those names above, save A-Rod, who admitted what he called a flirtation with PEDs a few years ago.”
“I suspect its some kind of puritan overcompensation for their long-term flirtation with those wicked, wicked Kennedy boys.”
“Griffey's on-again, off-again flirtation with the disabled list has limited him to 26 games and two home runs.”
“If I thought you didn't care, that you were just trying to carry on the ghastly game they call flirtation up here, I wouldn't be so angry with you.”
“I do not affect the word flirtation, but the thing itself is not half so criminal as one would think from the animadversions visited upon it.”
“Now, these last two elections will show that a short-term flirtation with the conservative movement was a gigantic failure.”
“And this is what they call flirtation, "I thought.”
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