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slinger

[sling-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that slings.
  2. Machinery. flinger(def 2).

Origin of slinger

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sling1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for slinger

Historical Examples

  • He swung it rigidly with the rotary and menacing action of a slinger: the 14-lb.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • To him willing to be a slinger, being enrolled in the company (of slingers).

  • He imparted to it the rapid motion that a slinger imparts to his sling.

  • He has no bag like the Hebrew slinger, no sinus like the Roman.

  • Even as the slinger distinctly sends the stone out of his sling, so the path of every hailstone is marked by the Divine power.

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Word Origin and History for slinger

n.

"soldier armed with a sling, late 14c., agent noun from sling (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper