Compliment vs Flirt - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between compliment and flirt

is that compliment is an expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect while flirt is a sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer.

As verbs the difference between compliment and flirt

is that compliment is (ambitransitive) to pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of) while flirt is to throw (something) with a jerk or sudden movement; to fling.

As an adjective flirt is

pert; wanton.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

compliment

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) complire, from (etyl) complere

Noun

(en noun)
  • An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
  • * Milton
  • Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear / So many hollow compliments and lies.
  • * Cowper
  • many a compliment politely penned
  • (uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
  • *
  • This accomplished man condescended to think of a young girl, and take the pains to talk to her, not with absurd compliment , but with an appeal to her understanding, and sometimes with instructive correction.
  • Synonyms
    * See also
    Antonyms
    *insult
    Derived terms
    * backhanded compliment * left-handed compliment * with compliments

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) complimento'' (etyl) ''cumplimiento'', from ''cumplir'', from ''complire'', from (etyl) ''complere .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).
  • * Prior
  • Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; / Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.
  • Antonyms
    *insult

    flirt

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer.
  • * Addison
  • Several little flirts and vibrations.
  • * Edgar Allan Poe
  • With many a flirt and flutter.
  • One who flirts; especially a woman who acts with giddiness, or plays at courtship; a coquette; a pert girl.
  • * Addison
  • Several young flirts about town had a design to cast us out of the fashionable world.
  • An episode of flirting.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To throw (something) with a jerk or sudden movement; to fling.
  • They flirt water in each other's faces.
    to flirt a glove, or a handkerchief
  • To jeer at; to mock.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • I am ashamed; I am scorned; I am flirted .
  • *, II.27:
  • Asinius Pollio , having written many invectives against Plancus, staid untill he were dead to publish them. It was rather to flurt at a blind man, and raile in a dead mans eare, and to offend a senselesse man, than incurre the danger of his revenge.
  • To dart about; to move with quick, jerky motions.
  • * 2012 , Lenora Worth, Sweetheart Reunion
  • Her skirt flirted around her knees like a flower petal.
  • To blurt out.
  • * 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.
  • (senseid)To play at courtship; to talk with teasing affection, to insinuate sexual attraction in a playful (especially conversational) way.
  • * 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.

    Antonyms

    * ("to insinuate emotional affection"): belittle

    Synonyms

    * ("to insinuate emotional affection"): coquet, tease

    Adjective

    (-)
  • pert; wanton
  • See also

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