verb (used with object), flung, fling·ing.
verb (used without object), flung, fling·ing.
Origin of fling
Related Words for flinglob, jerk, dump, hurl, sling, heave, shot, toss, pitch, chuck, cast, peg, firing, essay, splurge, indulgence, affair, rampage, whirl
Examples from the Web for fling
Contemporary Examples of fling
Remember, the people surveyed have already signed up for a fling.Japan’s Desperate Housewives Opting for Adulterous Online Dating
Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein
April 2, 2014
But this time, we were looking for more than just a couple of great dates or a fling.Best Cities to Find Love and Stay in Love
Brandy Zadrozny, Rachel Bronstein
February 14, 2014
The deaf culture advocates tell me I should fling away my CI and make my home within the community.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
After Mariah Carey denied having a fling with the rapper, Eminem went ballistic.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
Paul Giamatti huddles at an ATM as Occupy-style protestors quote Marx and fling dead rats.In ‘Cosmopolis,’ Robert Pattinson Depicts Financial World Gone Mad
August 22, 2012
Historical Examples of fling
Why does he fling himself from his horse and stare so strangely about him?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The girl started, and tried to fling off the caressing hand.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I ought, of course, to fling myself into the chasm like that Roman fellow; but, hang it!In the Midst of Alarms
Then it dawned on Drumsheugh that the doctor was attempting the Highland fling.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3
You remember how Dick used to fling back his head when he laughed?Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
verb flings, flinging or flung (flʌŋ) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fling
c.1300, probably from or related to Old Norse flengja "to flog," of uncertain origin. The Middle English intransitive sense is that suggested by phrase have a fling at "make a try." An obsolete word for "streetwalker, harlot" was fling-stink (1670s). Related: Flung; flinging.
"attempt, attack," early 14c.; see fling (v.). Sense of "period of indulgence on the eve of responsibilities" first attested 1827. Meaning "vigorous dance" (associated with the Scottish Highlands) is from 1806.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fling
- fling oneself at someone
- last fling