flit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse flytja (to move). Cognate with Swedish: flytta, Danish/Norwegian: flytte, Faroese: flyta.

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Noun[edit]

flit (plural flits)

  1. A fluttering or darting movement.
  2. (physics) A particular, unexpected, short lived change of state.
    My computer just had a flit.
  3. (slang) A homosexual.

Verb[edit]

flit (third-person singular simple present flits, present participle flitting, simple past and past participle flitted)

  1. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
    • Tennyson
      A shadow flits before me.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 6
      There were many apes with faces similar to his own, and further over in the book he found, under "M," some little monkeys such as he saw daily flitting through the trees of his primeval forest. But nowhere was pictured any of his own people; in all the book was none that resembled Kerchak, or Tublat, or Kala.
  2. To move quickly from one location to another.
    • Hooker
      It became a received opinion, that the souls of men, departing this life, did flit out of one body into some other.
  3. (physics) To unpredictably change state for short periods of time.
    My blender flits because the power cord is damaged.
  4. (UK, Scotland, dialect) To move house (sometimes a sudden move to avoid debts).
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  5. To be unstable; to be easily or often moved.
    • Dryden
      the free soul to flitting air resigned

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Adjective[edit]

flit (comparative more flit, superlative most flit)

  1. (poetic, obsolete) Fast, nimble.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.iv:
      And in his hand two darts exceeding flit, / And deadly sharpe he held [...].

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Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae flit (third-person singular simple present flits, present participle flittin, simple past flittit, past participle flittit)

  1. to move house
  2. to flit

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Swedish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old Swedish flit, cognate with German Fleiss.

Noun[edit]

flit c

  1. diligence, industriousness, energy
    där flitens lampa brinner
    where [someone] works long hours

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