Definition of jilt in English:

jilt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Suddenly reject or abandon (a lover)

    ‘he was jilted at the altar by his bride-to-be’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whilst reveling in the acoustic rhythmic paradise I was jilted by the interruption of some very dodgy saxophone notes.’
    • ‘He sees her every performance and insinuates himself into her life, then ends up marrying her when she is jilted by her lover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was jilted by a 28 year old woman, who knows.’
    • ‘These are real people who have left damaged families, jilted lovers, and dark secrets behind.’
    • ‘After the smoke cleared, it was discovered that Captain Henry had jilted the rest and made off with most of the booty.’
    • ‘I feel like some jilted lover or something from Shakespeare, thinking these things to myself.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Students use it to research their papers, jilted lovers use it to stalk their exes - and journalists use it for just about everything.’
    • ‘A study of contract killings in Australia has found most are not ordered by criminals, but by angry spouses and jilted political lovers.’
    • ‘A note was delivered to her as I waited, but again I was jilted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The woman, it appears, had not only been jilted by the drapery assistant but he had also ‘circulated a scandalous report about her’.’
    • ‘The film also resists the temptation to turn Mandras into a cardboard-cut out jilted lover.’
    • ‘Is it more painful to be jilted by a lover or an entire nation?’
    • ‘His sudden voice had jilted me from the conversation Duhze and I were having.’
    leave, walk out on, throw over, finish with, break up with, reject, cast aside
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noun

archaic
  • A person, especially a woman, who capriciously rejects a lover.

    • ‘She was thankful that while was surely still hurting over Sarah's jilt, he had found something he felt like fighting for.’
    • ‘Because we all understand the language of jilt.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

jilt

/dʒɪlt//jilt/