flirt vs play what difference

what is difference between flirt and play

English

Etymology

1553, from the merger of Early Modern English flirt (to flick), flurt (to mock, jibe, scorn), and flirt, flurt (a giddy girl). Of obscure origin and relation. Apparently related to similar words in Germanic, compare Low German flirt (a flick of the fingers, a light blow), Low German flirtje (a giddy girl), Low German flirtje (a flirt), German Flittchen (a flirt; tart; hussy), Norwegian flira (to giggle, titter). Perhaps from Middle English gill-flurt (a flirt), or an alteration of flird (a trifling”, also, “to jibe, jeer at), from Middle English flerd (mockery, fraud, deception), from Old English fleard (nonsense, vanity, folly, deception). Compare Scots flird (to talk idly, flirt, flaunt). See flird.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /flɜːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /flɝt/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)t

Noun

flirt (plural flirts)

  1. A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion
    • several little flirts and vibrations
  2. Someone who flirts a lot or enjoys flirting; a flirtatious person.
    • July 16, 1713, Joseph Addison, The Guardian No. 109
      Several young flirts about town had a design to cast us out of the fashionable world.
  3. An act of flirting.
  4. A tentative or brief, passing engagement with something.
    • 1986, The Reader’s Adviser:
      However, after a brief flirt with socialist realism , this method was abandoned and strict controls were removed after 1948. By the early 1950s, writers had earned the right to use any method and to experiment.
    • 1988, Mountain:
      Manufacturers are being stung into action on both sides of the Atlantic as climbers consult their lawyers after a flirt with gravity. Of course responsible manufacturers already exercise great care with all aspects of safety and testing.
    • 1990, Axel Madsen, Silk Roads: The Asian Adventures of Clara and André Malraux:
      Only two years older than André, this bespectacled bookworm had, after a flirt with the surrealists, settled down as the editor of Gallimard’s literary monthly, Nouvelle Revue Française, better known by its acronym NRF.
    • 2005, Murray J. Kohn, Is the Holocaust Vanishing?: A Survivor’s Reflections on the Academic Waning of Memory and Jewish Identity in the Post-Auschwitz Era, University Press of America (→ISBN), page 141:
      However, the later rabbinic Law demands from a Jew who wishes to return to Judaism after a flirt with another religion, to go through giyur, conversion requirements, like any Gentile who wishes to enter the Covenant of Israel.
    • 2014, Vincent Barnett, Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought, Routledge (→ISBN)
      Receiving a chair in Stockholm 1904 – after a passing flirt with the Historical School and social reform – he became an enigmatic Walrasian.
    • 2019, Rolf Giesen, The Nosferatu Story: The Seminal Horror Film, Its Predecessors and Its Enduring Legacy, McFarland (→ISBN), page 113:
      Lafayette Ron Hubbard was acquainted for some time with John “Jack” Whiteside Parsons (1914–1952), the James Dean of the occult, who was a rocket engineer and, after a brief flirt with Marxism, became interested in witchcraft and voodoo …
  5. (dialectal) A brief shower (of rain or snow).
    • 1842, Hazard’s United States Commercial and Statistical Register, page 218:
      In the course of the month, there were three flirts of snow, []
    • 1847, Charles Peirce, A Meteorological Account of the Weather in Philadelphia: From January 1, 1790, to January 1, 1847, Including Fifty-seven Years; with an Appendix…:
      [page 59:] A flirt of snow; after which, mild and pleasant weather, (with occasional showers) continued through the remainder of the month.
      [page 220:] The medium temperature of this month was 45, and it produced much mild and pleasant weather, interspersed with some rainy days, and a few flirts of snow, and frosty nights.
    • 1864, Josiah Gilbert, G. C. Churchill, The Dolomite Mountains: Excursions Through Tyrol, Carinthia, Carniola, and Friuli in 1861, 1861, and 1863 : with a Geological Chapter, page 10:
      … and we still trusted to accomplish the Malnitzer Pass on the morrow. Our hopes fell to zero as during the night an ominous wind howled over the roof, and shook our casements furiously. Morning broke with chilling flirts of rain.
    • 1875, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Ultima Thule: Or, A Summer in Iceland, page 316:
      But joy came in the morning : first a glimpse of blue sky between the flirts of rain, then a sign of the sun. The river was reported to be rapidly filling — never mind, unlucky Friday has passed by, and we may look for better things on Saturday.
    • 1881, Abba Goold Woolson, Browsing Among Books: And Other Essays, page 184:
      Long before their wonted time the robins came, — so early, indeed, that many a flirt of snow has stopped their nest-repairing, and sent them off shivering with the blues. They have arrived now in full force.
    • 1903, George Savary Wasson, Cap’n Simeon’s Store, page 218:
      [] and I would n’t wonder ef we did n’t have a little brush of wind and quite a flirt o’ snow outen her yit.”
    • 1917, Elizabeth Sewell Hill, Western Waters, and Other Poems, page 61:
      Who cares now for hailstones skirling?
      The rushes bend to the eddies curling;
      A breath — and lo! the flag uncurling its petals blue
      Oh, spring will come! There’s a flirt of rain and a drift of light;
      Oh, Spring will come!
    • 1967, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan:
      In the haze to the extreme north the Tower of Flints arose like a celluloid ruler set floating upon its end, or like a water-color drawing of a tower that has been left in the open and whose pigment has been all but washed away by a flirt of rain.

Translations

Verb

flirt (third-person singular simple present flirts, present participle flirting, simple past and past participle flirted)

  1. (transitive) To throw (something) with a jerk or sudden movement; to fling. [from 16th c.]
    They flirt water in each other’s faces.
    to flirt a glove, or a handkerchief
    • The carpenter himself, going with another man to furl the main-top-gallant-sail in a squall, was nearly pushed from the rigging by an unseen hand; and his shipmate swore that a wet hammock was flirted in his face.
    • 1891, Henry James, The Pupil, page 141
      She laughed [] while she flirted a soiled pocket-handkerchief at him.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To jeer at; to mock. [16th-18th c.]
    • I am ashamed; I am scorned; I am flirted.
  3. (intransitive) To dart about; to move with quick, jerky motions. [from 16th c.]
  4. (transitive) To blurt out. [from 17th c.]
    • 1915, Thornton W. Burgess, The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, Ch.XXI:
      Chatterer flirted his tale in the saucy way he has, and his eyes twinkled.
  5. (intransitive) To play at courtship; to talk with teasing affection, to insinuate sexual attraction in a playful (especially conversational) way. [from 18th c.]
    • 1876, Louisa May Alcott, “Scarlet Stockings” in Silver Pitchers: and Independence:
      Of course, the young people flirted, for that diversion is apparently irradicable even in the “best society”.
    • 2006, The Guardian, 21 April:
      Dr Hutchinson, who told jurors that he had been married for 37 years and that his son was a policeman, said he enjoyed flirting with the woman, was flattered by her attention and was anticipating patting her bottom again—but had no intention of seducing her.
  6. (intransitive) To experiment, or tentatively engage, with; to become involved in passing with.
    • 2009, Kenneth Lavoie, Hold Daddy’s Hand: A Father’s ageless book of wisdom for his daughter
      I’ve thrown away my reputation, self-respect, money, health and happiness through the use of drugs and alcohol; I can teach her how fragile a reputation is, how a fool and their money are soon parted, and how dangerous it is to flirt with drugs.
    • 2014, David R. Topper, Idolatry and Infinity: Of Art, Math, and God (page 67)
      The various episodes of thinkers flirting with the idea of an infinite universe, starting with early Greek speculations and running through Cusa in the Renaissance, came to fruition as a central element in the Scientific Revolution.

Synonyms

  • (to insinuate emotional affection): See Thesaurus:flirt

Antonyms

  • (to insinuate emotional affection): belittle

Descendants

Translations

Adjective

flirt (not comparable)

  1. pert; wanton

Related terms

See also

  • See also Thesaurus:flirt

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

flirt

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of flirten
  2. imperative of flirten

French

Etymology

From English flirt.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flœʁt/

Noun

flirt m (plural flirts)

  1. An episode of (or the act of) flirting.

Related terms

  • flirter
  • flirteur, flirteuse

Descendants

  • Turkish: flört

Further reading

  • “flirt” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Polish

Etymology

From English flirt.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flʲirt/

Noun

flirt m inan (diminutive flircik)

  1. flirting
  2. hanky-panky (debaucherous act)

Declension

Anagrams

  • filtr

Derived terms

  • (verb) flirtować
  • (nouns) flirciarz, flirciarka flirciara
  • (adjective) flirciarski

Further reading

  • flirt in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • flirt in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

From French flirt.

Noun

flirt n (plural flirturi)

  1. flirt

Declension


Swedish

Noun

flirt c

  1. Alternative spelling of flört

Declension


English

Etymology

From Middle English pleyen, playen, pleȝen, plæien, also Middle English plaȝen, plawen (compare English plaw), from Old English pleġan, pleoġan, plæġan, and Old English plegian, pleagian, plagian (to play, exercise, etc.), from Proto-West Germanic *plehan (to care about, be concerned with) and Proto-West Germanic *plegōn (to engage, move); both perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *blek- (to move, move about), from Proto-Indo-European *bal- (compare Ancient Greek βλύω (blúō), βλύζω (blúzō, I gush out, spring), Sanskrit बल्बलीति (balbalīti, it whirls, twirls)). Cognate with Scots play (to act or move briskly, cause to move, stir), Saterland Frisian pleegje (to look after, care for, maintain), West Frisian pleegje, pliigje (to commit, perform, bedrive), Middle Dutch pleyen (“to dance, leap for joy, rejoice, be glad”; compare Modern Dutch pleien (to play a particular children’s game)), Dutch plegen (to commit, bedrive, practice), German pflegen (to care for, be concerned with, attend to, tend). Related also to Old English plēon (to risk, endanger). More at plight, pledge.

The noun is from Middle English pleye, from Old English plæġ, plega, plæġa (play, quick [ motion, movement, exercise; (athletic) sport, game; festivity, drama; battle; gear for games, an implement for a game; clapping with the hands, applause), deverbative of plegian (to play); see above.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: plā, IPA(key): /pleɪ/, [pl̥eɪ]
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Verb

play (third-person singular simple present plays, present participle playing, simple past and past participle played)

  1. (intransitive) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.
    • 2003, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (eds.), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth, Cambridge Univ. Press, p.52:
      We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn’t have time to play and joke around.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).
    Hypernym: try
    Hyponym: replay
    1. (transitive) To compete against, in a game.
      We’re playing one of the top teams in the next round.
    2. (transitive) (in the scoring of games and sports) To be the opposing score to.
      Look at the score now … 23 plays 8!
  3. (intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love.
    Synonyms: get it on, make out, have sex; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  4. To gamble.
    • 1791, Charlotte Smith, Celestina, Broadview 2004, p. 407:
      “I play, comparatively, very little; I don’t drink a fifth part so much as half the people I live with; and I reckon myself, upon the whole, a very orderly, sober fellow.”
  5. (transitive) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
    • 1984, Chris Robinson, commercial for Vicks Formula 44:
  6. (heading, transitive, intransitive) To produce music or theatre.
    1. (intransitive, of a music) To produce music.
      Synonyms: cook, jam; see also Thesaurus:play music
      • 2007, Dan Erlewine, Guitar Player Repair Guide →ISBN, page 220:
        If your guitar plays well on fretted strings but annoys you on the open ones, the nut’s probably worn out.
    2. (intransitive, especially of a person) To produce music using a musical instrument.
    3. (transitive, especially of a person) To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument).
    4. (transitive, ergative) To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
    5. (intransitive, of a theatrical performance) To be performed; (or of a film) to be shown.
    6. (transitive, of a theatrical company or band, etc.) To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.
      • 2008, My Life: From Normandy to Hockeytown →ISBN, p.30:
        I got a hold of Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong’s agent and I explained to him on the phone that, “I know you’re playing London on Wednesday night. Why don’t you come and play the Arena in Windsor on Saturday night?”
    7. (transitive) To act or perform (a play).
  7. (heading) To behave in a particular way.
    1. (copulative) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
      • 1985, Sharon S. Brehm, Intimate Relationships:
        Playing hard to get is not the same as slamming the door in someone’s face.
      • 1996, Michael P. Malone, James J Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest:
        Now, surveying his final link, he had the nice advantage of being able to play coy with established port cities that desperately wanted his proven railroad.
      • 2003, John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement, p.194:
        Instead, they played dumb, remained silent, and did their classwork.
    2. (intransitive) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
    3. (intransitive) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
    4. (transitive) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute.
  8. (transitive, intransitive) To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.
    • 1705, George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles of Religion:
      The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play.
    • The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  9. (intransitive) To move to and fro.
    • The setting sun / Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.
  10. (transitive) To put in action or motion.
  11. (transitive) To keep in play, as a hooked fish in order to land it.
  12. (transitive, colloquial) To manipulate, deceive, or swindle someone.
    Synonym: defraud

Conjugation

Translations

Noun

play (countable and uncountable, plural plays)

  1. (uncountable, formerly countable) Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
    • 1803, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
      She was fond of all boys’ plays, and greatly preferred cricket [] to dolls []
  2. (uncountable) Similar activity in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
  3. (uncountable) The conduct, or course, of a game.
  4. (uncountable) An individual’s performance in a sport or game.
  5. (countable) A short sequence of action within a game.
  6. (countable, turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one’s turn to play.
    Synonym: move
    • 2009, Joe Edley, John Williams, Everything Scrabble: Third Edition (page 85)
      AWARD is better than either WARED or WADER. However, there’s an even better play! If you have looked at the two-to-make-three letter list, you may have noticed the word AWA.
  7. (countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
    Synonyms: drama; see also Thesaurus:drama
  8. (countable) A theatrical performance featuring actors.
  9. (countable) An attempt to move forward, as in a plan or strategy, for example by a business, investor, or political party.
  10. (countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  11. (uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.
  12. (uncountable, informal) Sexual activity or sexual role-playing.
    • 1996, “toptigger”, (on Internet newsgroup alt.personals.spanking.punishment)
      Palm Springs M seeks sane F 4 safe bdsm play
  13. (countable) An instance of watching or listening to digital media.
    Synonyms: (of visual media) view, (of audio) listen
  14. (countable) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.
  15. (archaic, now usually in compounds) Activity relating to martial combat or fighting.
    handplay, swordplay

Translations

Derived terms

See also

  • outdoor

Further reading

  • play on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • play at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • play in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • paly, pyla

Chinese

Etymology

Borrowed from English play, possibly via Japanese プレイ (purei).

Pronunciation

Suffix

play

  1. play (sexual roleplaying)
    羞恥play / 羞耻play  ―  xiūchǐ play  ―  erotic humiliation
    女裝play / 女装play  ―  nǚzhuāng play  ―  crossdressing
    各種奇怪的play / 各种奇怪的play  ―  gèzhǒng qíguài de play  ―  all kinds of strange sexual roleplaying

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English play.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈplɛj/, /ˈplej/

Noun

play m (invariable)

  1. play (theatrical performance; start key)

Interjection

play

  1. used to announce the start a game of tennis

References


Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from English play.

Noun

play m (plural playes)

  1. play (button)

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