flyer

[ flahy-er ]
/ ˈflaɪ ər /

noun

Textiles.
  1. a rotating device that adds twist to the slubbing or roving and winds the stock onto a spindle or bobbin in a uniform manner.
  2. a similar device for adding twist to yarn.

Origin of flyer

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at fly1, -er1

Can be confused

flier flyer

Definition for flyer (2 of 3)

fly

3
[ flahy ]
/ flaɪ /

adjective British Informal.

clever; keen; ingenious.
agile; nimble.

Origin of fly

3
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of fly1

Definition for flyer (3 of 3)

flier

or fly·er

[ flahy-er ]
/ ˈflaɪ ər /

noun

Origin of flier

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at fly1, -er1

Can be confused

flier flyer
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British Dictionary definitions for flyer (1 of 5)

flyer

flier

/ (ˈflaɪə) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for flyer (2 of 5)

flier

/ (ˈflaɪə) /

noun

a variant spelling of flyer

British Dictionary definitions for flyer (3 of 5)

fly

1
/ (flaɪ) /

verb flies, flying, flew or flown

noun plural flies

Derived Forms

flyable, adjective

Word Origin for fly

Old English flēogan; related to Old Frisian fliāga, Old High German fliogan, Old Norse fljūga

British Dictionary definitions for flyer (4 of 5)

fly

2
/ (flaɪ) /

noun plural flies

Derived Forms

flyless, adjective

Word Origin for fly

Old English flēoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly 1

British Dictionary definitions for flyer (5 of 5)

fly

3
/ (flaɪ) /

adjective flyer or flyest slang

mainly British knowing and sharp; smart
mainly Scot furtive or sneaky

noun

on the fly mainly Scot in secret; sneakily

Word Origin for fly

C19: of uncertain origin
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Medicine definitions for flyer

fly

[ flī ]

n.

Any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera.
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Science definitions for flyer

fly

[ flī ]

Any of numerous insects of the order Diptera, having one pair of wings and large compound eyes. Flies include the houseflies, horseflies, and mosquitoes. See more at dipteran.
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