flyting
noun Etymology: Scots, literally, contention, gerund of flyte to contend, argue, from Middle English fliten, from Old English flītan; akin to Old High German flīzan to argue Date: 1508 a dispute or exchange of personal abuse in verse form

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  • flyting — [flīt′iŋ] n. 〚< flyte, flite, to contend, strive < OE flītan; akin to MHG vlīzen, to quarrel, Ger fleiss, diligence〛 a formalized exchange of taunts, insults, etc., as between warriors in Old English epics * * * ▪ Scottish verbal contest       ( …   Universalium

  • Flyting — is a contest of insults, often conducted in verse. The word has been adopted by social historians from Scots usage of the fifteenth and sixteenth century in which makars ( makaris ) would engage in public verbal contests of high flying,… …   Wikipedia

  • flyting — [flīt′iŋ] n. [< flyte, flite, to contend, strive < OE flītan; akin to MHG vlīzen, to quarrel, Ger fleiss, diligence] a formalized exchange of taunts, insults, etc., as between warriors in Old English epics …   English World dictionary

  • flyting —    From the obscure word flite, meaning to quarrel or dispute, the term flyting is most properly applied to a genre of Scottish poetry that seems to have originated in the late 15th or early 16th century, in which two poets exchanged vigorous,… …   Encyclopedia of medieval literature

  • flyting — I. variant of fliting II. ˈflīd.iŋ noun ( s) Etymology: flyting (I) : a dispute or exchange of personal abuse or ridicule especially in verse form between two characters in a poem (as an early epic) or between two poets (as of 16th century… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flyting — noun a) Contention, noisy argument. b) Scolding, rebuke …   Wiktionary

  • flyting — flyt·ing …   English syllables

  • The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie — Schir Johine the Ros, ane thing thair is compild , also known as The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie , is the earliest surviving example [Kinsley, James ed. William Dunbar, Poems OUP 1958, p.128] of the Scottish version of the flyting genre in… …   Wikipedia

  • William Dunbar — This article is about the Scottish poet, for other people of this name see William Dunbar (disambiguation). William Dunbar (c. 1460 ndash; c. 1520), Scottish poet, was probably a native of East Lothian. This is assumed from a satirical reference… …   Wikipedia

  • Walter Kennedy — (c.1455 1518?) was a Scottish makar associated with the renaissance court of James IV. He is perhaps best known as the defendant against William Dunbar in The Flyting of Dumbar and Kennedie , part of a poetic tournament which involved the public… …   Wikipedia

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