Definition of jilt in English:



[with object]
  • Suddenly reject or abandon (a lover)

    ‘he was jilted at the altar by his bride-to-be’
    • ‘Whilst reveling in the acoustic rhythmic paradise I was jilted by the interruption of some very dodgy saxophone notes.’
    • ‘His sudden voice had jilted me from the conversation Duhze and I were having.’
    • ‘A note was delivered to her as I waited, but again I was jilted.’
    • ‘The woman, it appears, had not only been jilted by the drapery assistant but he had also ‘circulated a scandalous report about her’.’
    • ‘Students use it to research their papers, jilted lovers use it to stalk their exes - and journalists use it for just about everything.’
    • ‘The film also resists the temptation to turn Mandras into a cardboard-cut out jilted lover.’
    • ‘After the smoke cleared, it was discovered that Captain Henry had jilted the rest and made off with most of the booty.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was jilted by a 28 year old woman, who knows.’
    • ‘She herself was accused by the defence of being a ‘consummate actress’ who invented her story because Bamber had jilted her.’
    • ‘These are real people who have left damaged families, jilted lovers, and dark secrets behind.’
    • ‘The story of what and who can be found on a beach takes in characters such as models, lifeguards, and a girl who has jilted her fiancé.’
    • ‘So why am I now like a moping, jilted lover who has just discovered that flowers still smell and the sun also rises?’
    • ‘Throughout the course of the film, we learn that a young lover jilted her, then she lost his child during a pregnancy she never told him about.’
    • ‘He sees her every performance and insinuates himself into her life, then ends up marrying her when she is jilted by her lover.’
    • ‘Is it more painful to be jilted by a lover or an entire nation?’
    • ‘They have been jilted at the altar one too many times.’
    • ‘A study of contract killings in Australia has found most are not ordered by criminals, but by angry spouses and jilted political lovers.’
    • ‘I feel like some jilted lover or something from Shakespeare, thinking these things to myself.’
    • ‘Aida is a young girl who is jilted by her lover, Marcello.’
    • ‘Yes some women, heart broken by being jilted, will respond by genetically engineering sons who are more likely to be monogamous.’
    leave, walk out on, throw over, finish with, break up with, reject, cast aside
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  • A person, especially a woman, who capriciously rejects a lover.

    ‘they'll teach you the guilt of coquetting and ogling, and playing the jilt’
    • ‘Because we all understand the language of jilt.’
    • ‘She was thankful that while was surely still hurting over Sarah's jilt, he had found something he felt like fighting for.’


Mid 17th century: (in the sense ‘deceive, trick’): of unknown origin.