1. a debtor who flees to avoid paying

    Type Of : debitor, debtor
  2. ephemeral

    Examples :
    • the symphony is no fly-by-night venture
  3. (of businesses and businessmen) untrustworthy or undependable

    Examples :
    • a fly-by-night operation


  1. thrown into a state of agitated confusion; (`rattled' is an informal term)

    Synonyms : hot and bothered, perturbed, rattled


  1. treat with contemptuous disregard

    Synonyms : scoff
    Type Of : brush aside, brush off, push aside, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore
    Examples :
    • flout the rules
  2. laugh at with contempt and derision

    Synonyms : barrack, gibe, jeer, scoff
    Type Of : twit, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, bait, cod, rag, rally


  1. showing inappropriate levity

    Synonyms : light-minded


  1. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously

    Synonyms : flash, ostentate, show off, swank
    Type Of : display, exhibit, expose
  2. the act of displaying something ostentatiously

    Type Of : display
    Examples :
    • his behavior was an outrageous flaunt


  1. elaborately or excessively ornamented

    Synonyms : aureate, florid
    Examples :
    • flamboyant handwriting
  2. showy tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar; widely planted in tropical regions for its immense racemes of scarlet and orange flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana

    Synonyms : delonix regia, flame tree, peacock flower, poinciana regia, royal poinciana
    Type Of : flowering tree, angiospermous tree
  3. marked by ostentation but often tasteless

    Synonyms : showy, splashy


  1. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

    Synonyms : crying, egregious, glaring, gross, rank
    Examples :
    • flagrant violation of human rights


  1. intermittently stopping and starting

    Synonyms : interrupted, off-and-on
    Examples :
    • fitful (or interrupted) sleep
  2. occurring in spells and often abruptly

    Synonyms : spasmodic
    Examples :
    • fitful bursts of energy


  1. subtly skillful handling of a situation

    Synonyms : delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness
    Type Of : tact, tactfulness


  1. liable to sudden unpredictable change

    Synonyms : erratic, mercurial, quicksilver
    Examples :
    • fickle weather
  2. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

    Synonyms : volatile
    Examples :
    • fickle friends