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

  • transitive v. To deceive or drop (a lover) suddenly or callously.
  • n. One who discards a lover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who jilts a lover.
  • v. To cast off capriciously or unfeelingly, as a lover; to deceive in love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who capriciously deceives her lover; a coquette; a flirt.
  • intransitive v. To play the jilt; to practice deception in love; to discard lovers capriciously.
  • transitive v. To cast off capriciously or unfeelingly, as a lover; to deceive in love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To discard after treating or encouraging as a lover; trick in love.
  • To play the jilt; practise deception in love.
  • n. One who discards another, after holding the relation of a lover.
  • n. Same as gillet.

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

  • n. a woman who jilts a lover
  • v. cast aside capriciously or unfeelingly


Possibly from obsolete jilt, harlot, alteration of gillot, diminutive of gille, woman, girl, from Middle English; see gill4.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • I care little for the pleasures of the table; I only play for my amusement; and I have given up women. There is no chance of my being reckoned, in my old age, among those libidinous grey-beards to whom jilts sell their favours by troy weight.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 1

    September 13, 2008

  • ...I wonder I could not distinguish the behaviour of the unmatron-like jilt whom thou broughtest to betray me, from the worthy lady whom thou hast the honour to call thy aunt...

    Clarissa Harlowe (as quoted by Lovelace), Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 19, 2007

  • Formerly: a loose, unchaste woman: harlot.

    December 19, 2007

  • noun: one who capriciously or unfeelingly drops a lover.

    March 14, 2007