sling

1
[ sling ]
/ slɪŋ /

noun

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

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 confused

sling slink

Definition for sling (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

sling

1
/ (slɪŋ) /

noun

verb slings, slinging or slung

Derived Forms

slinger, noun

Word Origin for sling

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

British Dictionary definitions for sling (2 of 2)

sling

2
/ (slɪŋ) /

noun

a mixed drink with a spirit base, usually sweetened

Word Origin for sling

C19: of uncertain origin
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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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