[ fling ]
/ flɪŋ /

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

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


Nearby words

  1. flinders island,
  2. flinders petrie, sir william matthew,
  3. flinders range,
  4. flinders ranges,
  5. flinders, matthew,
  6. fling (throw) down the gauntlet,
  7. fling oneself at someone,
  8. flinger,
  9. flint,
  10. flint corn

Origin of fling

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

Related formsout·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 Formsflinger, noun

Word Origin for fling

C13: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse flengja to flog, Swedish flänga, Danish flænge

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Word Origin and History for fling
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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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