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Flit vs Flites - What's the difference?

flit | flites |

As nouns the difference between flit and flites

is that flit is a fluttering or darting movement while flites is .

As verbs the difference between flit and flites

is that flit is to move about rapidly and nimbly while flites is (flite).

As an adjective flit

is (poetic|obsolete) fast, nimble.




(en noun)
  • A fluttering or darting movement.
  • (physics) A particular, unexpected, short lived change of state.
  • My computer just had a flit .
  • (slang) A homosexual.
  • Verb

  • To move about rapidly and nimbly.
  • * Tennyson
  • A shadow flits before me.
  • * 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 6
  • There were many apes with faces similar to his own, and further over in the book he found, under "M," some little monkeys such as he saw daily flitting through the trees of his primeval forest. But nowhere was pictured any of his own people; in all the book was none that resembled Kerchak, or Tublat, or Kala.
  • To move quickly from one location to another.
  • * Hooker
  • It became a received opinion, that the souls of men, departing this life, did flit out of one body into some other.
  • (physics) To unpredictably change state for short periods of time.
  • My blender flits because the power cord is damaged.
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) To move house (sometimes a sudden move to avoid debts).
  • (Wright)
  • * 1855 , , page 199 (ISBN 0679405518)
  • After this manner did the late Warden of Barchester Hospital accomplish his flitting , and change his residence.
  • To be unstable; to be easily or often moved.
  • * Dryden
  • the free soul to flitting air resigned


    (en adjective)
  • (poetic, obsolete) Fast, nimble.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.iv:
  • And in his hand two darts exceeding flit , / And deadly sharpe he held [...].


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  • Verb

  • (flite)