flew

1
[ floo ]
/ flu /

verb

a simple past tense of fly1.

Can be confused

flew flu flue

Definition for flew (2 of 5)

flew

2
[ floo ]
/ flu /

noun

Definition for flew (3 of 5)

flews

[ flooz ]
/ fluz /

plural noun

the large, pendulous sides of the upper lip of certain dogs, as bloodhounds.

Origin of flews

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

Definition for flew (4 of 5)

Origin of fly

1
before 900; Middle English flīen, Old English flēogan; cognate with Old High German fliogan, German fliegen, Old Norse fljuga

SYNONYMS FOR fly

1 Fly, flit, flutter, hover, soar refer to moving through the air as on wings. Fly is the general term: Birds fly. Airplanes fly. To flit is to make short rapid flights from place to place: A bird flits from tree to tree. To flutter is to agitate the wings tremulously, either without flying or in flying only short distances: A young bird flutters out of a nest and in again. To hover is to linger in the air, or to move over or about something within a narrow area or space: hovering clouds; a hummingbird hovering over a blossom. To soar is to (start to) fly upward to a great height usually with little advance in any other direction, or else to (continue to) fly at a lofty height without visible movement of the wings: Above our heads an eagle was soaring.

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Definition for flew (5 of 5)

flue

3

or flew

[ floo ]
/ flu /

noun

a fishing net.

Origin of flue

3
1350–1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net
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British Dictionary definitions for flew (1 of 10)

flew

1
/ (fluː) /

verb

the past tense of fly 1

British Dictionary definitions for flew (2 of 10)

flew

2
/ (fluː) /

noun

a variant spelling of flue 3

British Dictionary definitions for flew (3 of 10)

flews

/ (fluːz) /

pl n

the fleshy hanging upper lip of a bloodhound or similar dog

Word Origin for flews

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for flew (4 of 10)

flue

1
/ (fluː) /

noun

a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
music the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set upSee also flue pipe

Word Origin for flue

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for flew (5 of 10)

flue

2
/ (fluː) /

noun

loose fluffy matter; down

Word Origin for flue

C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy

British Dictionary definitions for flew (6 of 10)

flue

3

flew

/ (fluː) /

noun

a type of fishing net

Word Origin for flue

Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe

British Dictionary definitions for flew (7 of 10)

flue

4
/ (fluː) /

noun

another word for fluke 1 (def. 1), fluke 1

Derived Forms

flued, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for flew (8 of 10)

fly

1
/ (flaɪ) /

verb flies, flying, flew or flown

noun plural flies

Derived Forms

flyable, adjective

Word Origin for fly

Old English flēogan; related to Old Frisian fliāga, Old High German fliogan, Old Norse fljūga

British Dictionary definitions for flew (9 of 10)

fly

2
/ (flaɪ) /

noun plural flies

Derived Forms

flyless, adjective

Word Origin for fly

Old English flēoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly 1

British Dictionary definitions for flew (10 of 10)

fly

3
/ (flaɪ) /

adjective flyer or flyest slang

mainly British knowing and sharp; smart
mainly Scot furtive or sneaky

noun

on the fly mainly Scot in secret; sneakily

Word Origin for fly

C19: of uncertain origin
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Medicine definitions for flew

fly

[ flī ]

n.

Any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera.
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Science definitions for flew

fly

[ flī ]

Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, having one pair of wings and large compound eyes. Flies include the houseflies, horseflies, and mosquitoes. See more at dipteran.
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