• To move about rapidly and nimbly.
  • To move quickly from one location to another.
  • To unpredictably change state for short periods of time.
  • To move house (sometimes a sudden move to avoid debts).
  • To move a tethered animal to a new, grazing location.
  • To be unstable; to be easily or often moved.



  • From Middle English flitten, flytten, from Old Norse flytja ("to move"), from Proto-Germanic *flutjanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *plewd-. Cognate Icelandic flytja, Swedish flytta, Danish flytte, Norwegian flytte, Faroese flyta. Compare also Saterland Frisian flitskje.

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