[ fling ]
/ flɪŋ /

verb (used with object), flung, fling·ing.

verb (used without object), flung, fling·ing.


Origin of fling

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Swedish flänga to fly, race

Related forms

out·fling, verb (used with object), out·flung, out·fling·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for fling


/ (flɪŋ) /

verb flings, flinging or flung (flʌŋ) (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

flinger, noun

Word Origin for fling

C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga, Danish flænge
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Idioms and Phrases with fling


In addition to the idiom beginning with fling

  • fling oneself at someone

also see:

  • last fling
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