Definition of jilt in English:



  • Suddenly reject or abandon (a lover)

    ‘he was jilted at the altar by his bride-to-be’
    • ‘Yes some women, heart broken by being jilted, will respond by genetically engineering sons who are more likely to be monogamous.’
    • ‘They have been jilted at the altar one too many times.’
    • ‘His sudden voice had jilted me from the conversation Duhze and I were having.’
    • ‘Whilst reveling in the acoustic rhythmic paradise I was jilted by the interruption of some very dodgy saxophone notes.’
    • ‘After the smoke cleared, it was discovered that Captain Henry had jilted the rest and made off with most of the booty.’
    • ‘A note was delivered to her as I waited, but again I was jilted.’
    • ‘The film also resists the temptation to turn Mandras into a cardboard-cut out jilted lover.’
    • ‘The woman, it appears, had not only been jilted by the drapery assistant but he had also ‘circulated a scandalous report about her’.’
    • ‘He sees her every performance and insinuates himself into her life, then ends up marrying her when she is jilted by her lover.’
    • ‘A study of contract killings in Australia has found most are not ordered by criminals, but by angry spouses and jilted political lovers.’
    • ‘So why am I now like a moping, jilted lover who has just discovered that flowers still smell and the sun also rises?’
    • ‘I feel like some jilted lover or something from Shakespeare, thinking these things to myself.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was jilted by a 28 year old woman, who knows.’
    • ‘Students use it to research their papers, jilted lovers use it to stalk their exes - and journalists use it for just about everything.’
    • ‘Aida is a young girl who is jilted by her lover, Marcello.’
    • ‘She herself was accused by the defence of being a ‘consummate actress’ who invented her story because Bamber had jilted her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are real people who have left damaged families, jilted lovers, and dark secrets behind.’
    • ‘Is it more painful to be jilted by a lover or an entire nation?’
    • ‘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.’
    leave, walk out on, throw over, finish with, break up with, reject, cast aside
    desert, abandon, leave in the lurch, leave high and dry
    chuck, ditch, dump, drop, run out on, do the dirty on, give someone the old heave-ho
    give someone the elbow, give someone the big e, give someone the push, bin off
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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.