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flack

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noun \ˈflak\

Simple Definition of flack

  • : a person whose job is to make people like or be interested in someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flack

  1. :  one who provides publicity; especially :  press agent

flackery play \ˈfla-k(ə-)rē\ noun

Origin of flack

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1939


2

flack

Definition of flack

  1. variant of flak




3

flack

verb

Definition of flack

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to provide publicity :  engage in press-agentry



Did You Know?

The word flack was first used as a noun meaning "publicity agent" during the late 1930s. According to one rumor, the word was coined in tribute to a well-known movie publicist of the time, Gene Flack. Another rumor holds that flack derives from a similar-sounding Yiddish word for someone who talks about someone else's affairs. The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries remain skeptical about these claims and have listed the etymology of flack as "unknown." We can say with confidence, however, that the verb form of the word appeared in Maclean's in 1963. You may also be familiar with another "flack" - a noun meaning "criticism" or "opposition." This unrelated homograph stems from a misspelling of "flak," a German acronym and English word for antiaircraft guns.

1965

First Known Use of flack

1965



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