[ flat-ling ]
/ ˈflæt lɪŋ /

adverb Also flat·lings. British Dialect.

in a flat position; with the flat side, as of a sword.
flatly or positively.


Obsolete. dealt with the flat side.

Origin of flatling

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at flat1, -ling2
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British Dictionary definitions for flatling

/ (ˈflætlɪŋ) archaic, or dialect /


in a flat or prostrate position

adjective, adverb

with the flat side, as of a swordAlso (for adv): flatlings
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