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


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

Origin of sling

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

Synonyms for sling

9. pitch, toss.




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

Origin of sling

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sling




a simple weapon consisting of a loop of leather, etc, in which a stone is whirled and then let fly
a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted
a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo
  1. a halyard for a yard
  2. (often plural)the part of a yard where the sling is attached
med a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body
a loop or band attached to an object for carrying
mountaineering a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc
the act of slinging

verb slings, slinging or slung

(tr) to hurl with or as if with a sling
to attach a sling or slings to (a load, etc)
(tr) to carry or hang loosely from or as if from a slingto sling washing from the line
informal to throw
(intr) Australian informal to pay a part of one's wages or profits as a bribe or tip
Derived Formsslinger, noun

Word Origin for sling

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




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

c.1300, "implement for throwing stones," from an unidentified continental Germanic source (e.g. Middle Low German slinge "a sling"); see sling (v.). The notion probably is of a sling being twisted and twirled before it is thrown. Sense of "loop for lifting or carrying heavy objects" first recorded early 14c. Meaning "piece of cloth tied around the neck to support an injured arm" is first attested 1720.


c.1200, "to knock down" using a sling, later "to throw" (mid-13c.), especially with a sling, from Old Norse slyngva, from Proto-Germanic *slingwanan (cf. Old High German slingan, German schlingen "to swing to and fro, wind, twist;" Old English slingan "to creep, twist;" Old Frisian slinge, Middle Dutch slinge, Old High German slinga, German Schlinge "sling;" Middle Swedish slonga "noose, knot, snare"), from PIE *slengwh "to slide, make slide; sling, throw." Meaning "to hang from one point to another" (as a hammock) is from 1690s. Related: Slung; slinging.


sweetened, flavored liquor drink, 1807, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps literally "to throw back" a drink (see sling (v.)), or from German schlingen "to swallow."


"act of throwing," 1520s, from sling (v.).

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sling in Medicine




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


In addition to the idioms beginning with sling

  • sling hash
  • sling mud at

also see:

  • ass in a sling
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