or fly·er

[ flahy-er ]
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  1. something that flies, as a bird or insect.

  2. an aviator or pilot.

  1. an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.

  2. a person or thing that moves with great speed.

  3. some part of a machine having a rapid motion.

  4. a small handbill; circular.

  5. Informal. a flying jump or leap: He took a flier off the bridge.

  6. Informal. a risky or speculative venture: Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.

  7. one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs.: Compare winder (def. 2).

  8. a trapeze artist; aerialist.

  9. a silvery-green sunfish, Centrarchus macropterus, found from Virginia to Florida and through the lower Mississippi valley.

Origin of flier

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at fly2, -er1

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How to use flier in a sentence

  • He hired an engine to plow all his land that was not prepared, besides renting a little more, and also took a flier in wheat.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • At that time the Red flier had dipped into a piece of road that skirted the foot of a mountain.

    Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
  • Matt, having turned the Red flier, brought the machine to a halt and sprang out to be ready with the crank.

    Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
  • The young motorist, no matter how desperate the situation, did not intend to allow any successful shooting from the Red flier.

    Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
  • A turn with the steering-wheel headed the flier for the opening, and she glided in between the sloping walls of the narrow swale.

    Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for flier


/ (ˈflaɪə) /

  1. a variant spelling of flyer

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