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flirt / flərt/ • v. 1. [intr.] behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but for amusement rather than with serious intentions: it amused him to flirt with her. ∎  (flirt with) experiment with or show a superficial interest in (an idea, activity, or movement) without committing oneself to it seriously: a painter who had flirted briefly with Cubism. ∎  (flirt with) deliberately expose oneself to (danger or difficulty): the need of some individuals to flirt with death. 2. [tr.] (of a bird) wave or open and shut (its wings or tail) with a quick flicking motion. ∎  [intr.] move back and forth with a flicking or fluttering motion: the lark was flirting around the site. • n. a person who habitually flirts. DERIVATIVES: flir·ta·tion / -ˈtāshən/ n. flir·ta·tious / -ˈtāshəs/ adj. flir·ta·tious·ly / -ˈtāshəslē/ adv. flir·ta·tious·ness / -ˈtāshəsnəs/ n. flirt·y (flirt·i·er , flirt·i·est ) .

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