Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Casual romantic or sexual activity.
  • noun A casual or brief romantic or sexual relationship.
  • noun A brief involvement or interest in something.
  • noun Frivolous spending of time; dawdling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Familiar and easy conversation; idle talk; chat; gossip.
  • noun A trifling away of time; delay; idle loitering.
  • noun Play; sport; frolic; toying, as in the exchange of caresses; wantonness.
  • noun The act of trifling, as with something tempting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play.
  • noun Delay or procrastination.
  • noun obsolete Entertaining discourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sexual relationship, not serious but often illicit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
  • noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

Etymologies

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From Middle English

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