Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

flier

or flyer

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
something that flies, as a bird or insect.
2.
an aviator or pilot.
3.
an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.
4.
a person or thing that moves with great speed.
5.
some part of a machine having a rapid motion.
6.
a small handbill; circular.
7.
Informal. a flying jump or leap:
He took a flier off the bridge.
8.
Informal. a risky or speculative venture:
Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.
9.
one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs.
Compare winder (def 2).
10.
a trapeze artist; aerialist.
11.
a silvery-green sunfish, Centrarchus macropterus, found from Virginia to Florida and through the lower Mississippi valley.
Origin of flier
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for flier
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Then he saw that the magnet was fast to the side of the flier, near the stern.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Had it been possible, he might have tried to leave the flier.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • He could not remember the flier ever having said much about himself.

  • Where does the flier stop after it passes Misery, going west?

  • I liked him that day he outran the flier; I've often thought of him since then.

British Dictionary definitions for flier

flier

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of flyer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for flier
n.

see flyer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for flier

flier

Related Terms

flyer

flyer

noun

A trapeze performer (1890s+ Circus)

Related Terms

take a flyer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for flier

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for flier

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for flier