Definitions

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  • n. a quarrel, dispute, wrangling
  • n. a scolding
  • v. to dispute, quarrel, wrangle
  • v. to scold, jeer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Strife; dispute; abusive or upbraiding talk, as in fliting; wrangling.
  • intransitive v. To scold; to quarrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scold; quarrel; brawl.
  • n. The act of scolding or berating; a noisy quarrel; an angry dispute.

Etymologies

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From Middle English fliten ("to argue, quarrel"), from Old English flītan ("to strive, contend"), from Proto-Germanic *flītanan (“to strive, contend”). Akin to German befleissen ("to apply oneself diligently, endeavor"), Swedish beflita ("to apply to, study"), Dutch vlijt ("diligence, assiduity"), German Fleiss ("diligence, assiduity"), Swedish flit ("diligence"), Danish flid ("diligence").

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