Flit Flit, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flitting}.] [OE. flitten, flutten, to carry away; cf. Icel. flytja, Sw. flytta, Dan. flytte. [root]84. Cf. {Fleet}, v. i.] 1. To move with celerity through the air; to fly away with a rapid motion; to dart along; to fleet; as, a bird flits away; a cloud flits along. [1913 Webster]

A shadow flits before me. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To flutter; to rove on the wing. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To pass rapidly, as a light substance, from one place to another; to remove; to migrate. [1913 Webster]

It became a received opinion, that the souls of men, departing this life, did flit out of one body into some other. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

4. To remove from one place or habitation to another. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] --Wright. Jamieson. [1913 Webster]

5. To be unstable; to be easily or often moved. [1913 Webster]

And the free soul to flitting air resigned. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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