Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of flit.
  • n. The act of moving from one residence to another; moving house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flying with lightness and celerity; a fluttering.
  • n. A removal from one habitation to another.
  • n. Contention; strife; scolding; specif., a kind of metrical contest between two persons, popular in Scotland in the 16th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flitting or rapid movement; a flying with lightness and darting motions; a fluttering.
  • n. A removal from one habitation to another.
  • n. Household effects in the course of removal from one place to another.

Etymologies

From flit +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now which kind of thing can't be kept under wraps since it was witnessed by many people who wasted no time in flitting along a word to a tabloids.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Mallory herself speaks to the reader from death, her spirit flitting from the official inquest into the disaster to the informal, parallel inquest held in Kleindeustchland, or Little Germany, which seeks to hold Dustin responsible.

    Heady reading

  • Twenty or so Secret Service agents; an equal number of PR assistants flitting from the main cabin to the front cabin, which has been fitted out for Kerry.

    In the Footsteps of Tocqueville (Part Three)

  • The sergeant was stiff, his expression flitting between anger and what looked to Gunnar like fear.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • See yourself borne upon the shoulders of all, and your name flitting through their mouths, and manifest yourself such that you may be deemed worthy of your race, worthy of the City, worthy of our choice, worthy of the

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Being A Condensed Translation Of The Variae Epistolae Of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator

  • Soon, you are in all the worry of what in Scotland we call a flitting: the house and all its belongings are turned upside down.

    The Recreations of a Country Parson

  • We have gone up the bank now a few yards to the cargo boat and installed ourselves in it with our luggage -- a very easy "flitting" -- and we find the cargo steamer just as perfectly comfortable as the mail boat we have left -- cabins, mess table, promenade on the upper deck in the bows.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • He had intended to signify that had they lived together for a week at Guestwick the idea of flitting from

    The Small House at Allington

  • She looked up at me, a strange expression flitting back and forth across her face.

    DarklyDreamingDexter

  • "Yes," replied Diana, an odd expression flitting across her face.

    The Splendid Folly

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  • Example: That day he had been flitting thorough his old photographs with her.

    September 12, 2011