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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English flit, flyt, ȝeflit, from Old English flīt, ġeflīt (strife, contention), from Proto-West Germanic *flīt, from Proto-Germanic *flītaz, *flītiz (strife, zeal, effort, diligence). Cognate with Scots flyte (scolding, chiding, reproof), Saterland Frisian Fliet (zeal, diligence), Dutch vlijt (zeal, diligence), German Low German Fliet (zeal, diligence), German Fleiß (zeal, diligence), Danish flid (zeal, diligence), Swedish flit (zeal, diligence).


flite (plural flites)

  1. (dialectal) a quarrel, dispute, wrangling.
  2. (dialectal) a scolding.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English flyten (to argue, quarrel), from Old English flītan (to strive, contend), from Proto-West Germanic *flītan (to strive, contend). Akin to German befleissen (to apply oneself diligently, endeavor), Swedish beflita (to apply to, study), Norwegian Bokmål beflitte (to endeavour, strive).


flite (third-person singular simple present flites, present participle fliting, simple past flited or flote, past participle flited or flitten)

  1. (dialectal) to dispute, quarrel, wrangle, brawl.
  2. (dialectal) to scold, jeer.
  3. (obsolete) to make or utter complaint.
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  1. Alternative form of flyten