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Flirting is a form of interaction between two individuals, often used to express a romantic or sexual interest in others. Flirting can be mutual, or just engaged in by one person; it can be subtle or obvious.

The verb “to flirt” comes from the old French, “Conter fleurette,” which can be interpreted as “to (try to) seduce” by dropping flower leaves. Although it is no longer used in French, the English use of “to flirt” has been solidified.

Forms of flirting

Flirtation often involves gestures, posture, body language and conversation, often resembling a form of foreplay.

  • Conversation. Flirtatious conversation often consists of playful, ironic talk, friendly teasing and double entendres. Conversations are usually intimate in nature, as two people explore their interests.
  • Body language. In Western society, traditional forms of body language include eye contact, posture, smiling and facial expressions, touching of one’s hair or leaning toward conversation.

Physical contact. Casual touches (also known as “fast seduction”), a light touch of an arm or a knee, sending and receiving notes, e-mails, text messages, etc.

When people flirt

Sometimes flirting is done for its entertainment value, with little or no intension of developing a relationship – it’s just something for two people to do. This is risky; however, unless both parties are aware of the casual aspect of this type of flirting. At times, it can be construed as cheating if one of those engaging in flirtatious behavior is already in a relationship.

Flirtatious behavior often results in a show of intimacy that is often greater than what would be commonly considered appropriate for two people who do not know each other. However, flirting doesn’t result in anyone actually saying or doing anything inappropriate.