verb (used with object), flung, fling·ing.
verb (used without object), flung, fling·ing.
Origin of fling
Related Words for flunglob, jerk, dump, hurl, sling, heave, catapult, propel, launch, fire, toss, pitch, chuck, send, cast, shy, precipitate, peg
Examples from the Web for flung
Contemporary Examples of flung
There was even a free-spirited frock made of ropes, which flung about through her ritualistic dance.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion
September 5, 2014
The road salt makes a mushy, corrosive paste that is flung universally about the under-and over-sides of every vehicle.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
And so it is Asian British women who are flung to the wolves.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
They flung the flowers out over the cliff; and then something strange happened that you may not believe.
Beard nodded, and without another word, Kenney flung the work into the wastebasket.
Historical Examples of flung
He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.Viviette
William J. Locke
But Andrew flung himself out of the saddle and came to them sadly.Way of the Lawless
The bond was delivered to Fox, who tore it up and flung the pieces into the fire.De Libris: Prose and Verse
He ran up the staircase to his room and flung on some clothing.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Others, in despair, flung themselves from the walls, and for the most part perished.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
verb flings, flinging or flung (flʌŋ) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for fling
past participle of fling (v.).
"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