flit

A flit is a quick movement. You might flit around a crowded party, greeting everyone briefly with some light-hearted chatter and moving on quickly.

Whether it's used to describe something literal or figurative, flit refers to something fleeting and quick. Flit and fleet are both related to float. Something that floats keeps moving. A smile might flit across your face or a thought may flit into your mind. That means the smile or the thought is there for a second and then gone.

Definitions of flit
  1. verb
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    “The hummingbird flitted among the branches”
    synonyms: dart, fleet, flutter
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    types:
    butterfly
    flutter like a butterfly
    type of:
    hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
    move very fast
  2. noun
    a sudden quick movement
    synonyms: dart
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  3. noun
    a secret move (to avoid paying debts)
    “they did a moonlight flit
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    type of:
    move, relocation
    the act of changing your residence or place of business
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