from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of scolding or berating; a noisy quarrel; an angry dispute.
  • To scold; quarrel; brawl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obs. or Scot. & Prov. Eng. Strife; dispute; abusive or upbraiding talk, as in fliting; wrangling.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To scold; to quarrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a quarrel, dispute, wrangling
  • noun a scolding
  • verb to dispute, quarrel, wrangle
  • verb to scold, jeer


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English fliten ("to argue, quarrel"), from Old English flītan ("to strive, contend"), from Proto-Germanic *flītanan (“to strive, contend”). Akin to German befleissen ("to apply oneself diligently, endeavor"), Swedish beflita ("to apply to, study"), Dutch vlijt ("diligence, assiduity"), German Fleiss ("diligence, assiduity"), Swedish flit ("diligence"), Danish flid ("diligence").


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