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  1. a device for hurling stones or other missiles that consists, typically, of a short strap with a long string at each end and that is operated by placing the missile in the strap, and, holding the ends of the strings in one hand, whirling the instrument around in a circle and releasing one of the strings to discharge the missile.
  2. a slingshot.
  3. a bandage used to suspend or support an injured part of the body, commonly a bandage suspended from the neck to support an injured arm or hand.
  4. a strap, band, or the like, forming a loop by which something is suspended or carried, as a strap attached to a rifle and passed over the shoulder.
  5. sling-back.
  6. an act or instance of slinging.
  7. a rope, chain, net, etc., for hoisting freight or for holding it while being hoisted.
  8. Nautical.
    1. a chain for supporting a hoisting yard.
    2. slings,the area of a hoisting yard to which such chains are attached; the middle of a hoisting yard.
verb (used with object), slung, sling·ing.
  1. to throw, cast, or hurl; fling, as from the hand.
  2. to place in or secure with a sling to raise or lower.
  3. to raise, lower, etc., by such means.
  4. to hang by a sling or place so as to swing loosely: to sling a rifle over one's shoulder.
  5. to suspend: to sling a hammock between two trees.
  1. 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

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9. pitch, toss. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for slung


  1. the past tense and past participle of sling 1


  1. a simple weapon consisting of a loop of leather, etc, in which a stone is whirled and then let fly
  2. a rope or strap by which something may be secured or lifted
  3. a rope net swung from a crane, used for loading and unloading cargo
  4. nautical
    1. a halyard for a yard
    2. (often plural)the part of a yard where the sling is attached
  5. med a wide piece of cloth suspended from the neck for supporting an injured hand or arm across the front of the body
  6. a loop or band attached to an object for carrying
  7. mountaineering a loop of rope or tape used for support in belays, abseils, etc
  8. the act of slinging
verb slings, slinging or slung
  1. (tr) to hurl with or as if with a sling
  2. to attach a sling or slings to (a load, etc)
  3. (tr) to carry or hang loosely from or as if from a slingto sling washing from the line
  4. informal to throw
  5. (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


  1. 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 slung

past tense and past participle of 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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slung in Medicine


  1. 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 slung


In addition to the idioms beginning with sling

  • sling hash
  • sling mud at

also see:

  • ass in a sling
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