Definitions

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

  • noun The practice of flirting.
  • noun A usually temporary romance.
  • noun A temporary involvement with or achievement of something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flirting; a quick sprightly motion.
  • noun Playing at courtship; amorous trifling or adventure.
  • noun 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.

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

  • noun Playing at courtship; coquetry.

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

  • noun Playing at courtship; coquetry.
  • noun An instance of flirting.

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

  • noun playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest

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Examples

  • 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.

    Psychology and Social Sanity

  • 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.

    How to Train Girls.

  • 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.

    The Woman's Advocate, Vol I, No. II.

  • And what would a ball be without this undercurrent of what we call flirtation; in reality, this yearning for the one in the multitude.

    A Heart-Song of To-day

  • 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.

    The Seattle Times

  • I suspect its some kind of puritan overcompensation for their long-term flirtation with those wicked, wicked Kennedy boys.

    SurveyUSA: Hillary And Romney Way Ahead In Massachusetts

  • Griffey's on-again, off-again flirtation with the disabled list has limited him to 26 games and two home runs.

    USATODAY.com - Second-half success turns on key players

  • 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.

    The Fifth Ace

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • 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.

    Gala-days

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