From (etyl), from (etyl) complire, from (etyl) complere
An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
- Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear / So many hollow compliments and lies.
(uncountable) Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
- many a compliment politely penned
- 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.
* See also
* backhanded compliment
* left-handed compliment
* with compliments
From (etyl), from (etyl) complimento'' (etyl) ''cumplimiento'', from ''cumplir'', from ''complire'', from (etyl) ''complere .
(ambitransitive) To pay a compliment (to); to express a favorable opinion (of).
- Monarchs should their inward soul disguise; / Should compliment their foes and shun their friends.
A sudden jerk; a quick throw or cast; a darting motion; hence, a jeer.
* Edgar Allan Poe
- Several little flirts and vibrations.
One who flirts; especially a woman who acts with giddiness, or plays at courtship; a coquette; a pert girl.
- With many a flirt and flutter.
An episode of flirting.
- Several young flirts about town had a design to cast us out of the fashionable world.
* See also
To throw (something) with a jerk or sudden movement; to fling.
- They flirt water in each other's faces.
To jeer at; to mock.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- to flirt a glove, or a handkerchief
- I am ashamed; I am scorned; I am flirted .
To dart about; to move with quick, jerky motions.
* 2012 , Lenora Worth, Sweetheart Reunion
- 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 blurt out.
* 1915 , Thornton W. Burgess, The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel , Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, Ch.XXI:
- Her skirt flirted around her knees like a flower petal.
(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:
- Chatterer flirted his tale in the saucy way he has, and his eyes twinkled.
- 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.
* ("to insinuate emotional affection"): belittle
* ("to insinuate emotional affection"): coquet, tease
* See also