verb (used with object), flung, fling·ing.
verb (used without object), flung, fling·ing.
Origin of fling
Related Words for flinginglob, jerk, dump, hurl, sling, heave, shot, toss, pitch, chuck, cast, peg, firing, essay, splurge, indulgence, affair, rampage, whirl
Examples from the Web for flinging
Contemporary Examples of flinging
Historical Examples of flinging
"I will after him," said Aylward, flinging himself into the saddle.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I've been flinging myself into chasms for fifteen years, and what good has it done?In the Midst of Alarms
I exclaimed, flinging myself into an armchair, "what does this man want now with me?"My Double Life
There never was such a chap for flinging himself about and never hurting his bones.Barnaby Rudge
I gasped, retracing a step, and flinging my hat in a corner.Bardelys the Magnificent
verb flings, flinging or flung (flʌŋ) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fling
"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.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fling
- fling oneself at someone
- last fling