- simple past tense and past participle of fling.
- to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence: to fling a stone.
- to move (oneself) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like: She flung herself angrily from the room.
- to put suddenly or violently: to fling a suspect into jail.
- to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully: He flung his answer at the questioner.
- to involve (oneself) vigorously in an undertaking.
- to move, do, or say (something) quickly: to fling a greeting in passing.
- to send suddenly and rapidly: to fling fresh troops into a battle.
- to throw aside or off.
- to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding.
- to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
- to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
- to speak harshly or abusively (usually followed by out): He flung out disgustedly against the whole human race.
- an act of flinging.
- a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's wishes or desires: The week of partying was my last fling before starting a new job.
- an attempt at something: He took a fling at playwriting.
- a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe.
- Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.
Origin of fling
Examples from the Web for flung
There was even a free-spirited frock made of ropes, which flung about through her ritualistic dance.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion
September 5, 2014
The road salt makes a mushy, corrosive paste that is flung universally about the under-and over-sides of every vehicle.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
And so it is Asian British women who are flung to the wolves.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
They flung the flowers out over the cliff; and then something strange happened that you may not believe.
Beard nodded, and without another word, Kenney flung the work into the wastebasket.
He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.Viviette
William J. Locke
But Andrew flung himself out of the saddle and came to them sadly.Way of the Lawless
The bond was delivered to Fox, who tore it up and flung the pieces into the fire.De Libris: Prose and Verse
He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Others, in despair, flung themselves from the walls, and for the most part perished.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
- the past tense and past participle of fling
- to throw, esp with force or abandon; hurl or toss
- to put or send without warning or preparationto fling someone into jail
- (also intr) to move (oneself or a part of the body) with abandon or speedhe flung himself into a chair
- (usually foll by into) to apply (oneself) diligently and with vigour (to)
- to cast aside; disregardshe flung away her scruples
- to utter violently or offensively
- poetic to give out; emit
- the act or an instance of flinging; toss; throw
- a period or occasion of unrestrained, impulsive, or extravagant behaviourto have a fling
- any of various vigorous Scottish reels full of leaps and turns, such as the Highland fling
- a trial; tryto have a fling at something different
Word Origin and History for flung
past participle of fling (v.).
"attempt, attack," early 14c.; see fling (v.). Sense of "period of indulgence on the eve of responsibilities" first attested 1827. Meaning "vigorous dance" (associated with the Scottish Highlands) is from 1806.
c.1300, probably from or related to Old Norse flengja "to flog," of uncertain origin. The Middle English intransitive sense is that suggested by phrase have a fling at "make a try." An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1670s). Related: Flung; flinging.