from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly from one condition or location to another.
  • n. A fluttering or darting movement.
  • n. Informal An empty-headed, silly, often erratic person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fluttering or darting movement.
  • n. A particular, unexpected, short lived change of state.
  • n. A homosexual.
  • v. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
  • v. To move quickly from one location to another.
  • v. To unpredictably change state for short periods of time.
  • v. To move house (especially a sudden move to avoid debts).
  • adj. Fast, nimble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nimble; quick; swift. [Obs.] See fleet.
  • intransitive v. To move with celerity through the air; to fly away with a rapid motion; to dart along; to fleet
  • intransitive v. To flutter; to rove on the wing.
  • intransitive v. To pass rapidly, as a light substance, from one place to another; to remove; to migrate.
  • intransitive v. To remove from one place or habitation to another.
  • intransitive v. To be unstable; to be easily or often moved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove (a thing) from one place to another; transport; shift.
  • To turn; move; set in motion.
  • To remove or dispossess.
  • To move along, about, or away; remove from a place or from point to point: go off or about: generally with an implication of suddenness, swiftness, or brevity of movement.
  • To remove from one habitation to another.
  • To move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, skim, or scud along: as, a bird flits from tree to tree; a cloud flits across the moon.
  • To flutter, as a bird.
  • Nimble; swift.
  • n. A flitting: removal.

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

  • v. move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
  • n. a secret move (to avoid paying debts)
  • n. a sudden quick movement


Middle English flitten, from Old Norse flytja, to carry about, convey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse flytja ("to move"). Cognate with Swedish: flytta, Danish/Norwegian: flytte, Faroese: flyta. (Wiktionary)



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