or fly·er

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  1. something that flies, as a bird or insect.
  2. an aviator or pilot.
  3. an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.
  4. a person or thing that moves with great speed.
  5. some part of a machine having a rapid motion.
  6. a small handbill; circular.
  7. Informal. a flying jump or leap: He took a flier off the bridge.
  8. Informal. a risky or speculative venture: Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.
  9. one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs.Compare winder(def 2).
  10. a trapeze artist; aerialist.
  11. 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 fly1, -er1
Can be confusedflier flyer
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Related Words for flier

aviator, navigator, jet, ace, aeronaut, aviatrix

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British Dictionary definitions for flier


  1. a variant spelling of flyer
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Word Origin and History for flier

see flyer.

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