sling

1
[ sling ]
/ slɪŋ /
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noun

verb (used with object), slung, sling·ing.


Nearby words

  1. slimmer,
  2. slimming,
  3. slimnastics,
  4. slimsy,
  5. slimy,
  6. sling chair,
  7. sling hash,
  8. sling mud at,
  9. sling off,
  10. sling psychrometer

Idioms

    sling hash, Slang. to work as a waiter or waitress, especially at a lunch counter or cheap restaurant.

Origin of sling

1
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English slyngen < Old Norse slyngva to sling, fling, cognate with Old English slingan to wind, twist; (noun) Middle English, perhaps derivative of the v., though sense “strap, hoist” may be of distinct orig.

Can be confusedsling slink

sling

2
[ sling ]
/ slɪŋ /

noun

an iced alcoholic drink, typically containing gin, water, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.

Origin of sling

2
An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; of uncertain origin

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British Dictionary definitions for sling

sling

1
/ (slɪŋ) /

noun

verb slings, slinging or slung

Derived Formsslinger, noun

Word Origin for sling

C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slyngva to hurl, Old High German slingan

noun

a mixed drink with a spirit base, usually sweetened

Word Origin for sling

C19: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for sling
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Medicine definitions for sling

sling

[ slĭng ]

n.

A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.

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Idioms and Phrases with sling

sling

In addition to the idioms beginning with sling

  • sling hash
  • sling mud at

also see:

  • ass in a sling
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