intr.v. flit·ted, flit·ting, flits
1. To move about rapidly and nimbly.
2. To move quickly from one condition or location to another.
1. A fluttering or darting movement.
2. Informal An empty-headed, silly, often erratic person.
[Middle English flitten, from Old Norse flytja, to carry about, convey; see pleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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