verb \ˈfliŋ\

: to throw or push (something) in a sudden and forceful way

: to forcefully move (yourself or a part of your body) in a specified way

flung \ˈfləŋ\ fling·ing \ˈfliŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of FLING

intransitive verb
:  to move in a brusque or headlong manner <flung out of the room in a rage>
of an animal :  to kick or plunge vigorously
Scottish :  caper
transitive verb
a :  to throw forcefully, impetuously, or casually <flung herself down on the sofa> <clothes were flung on the floor>
b :  to cast as if by throwing <flung off all restraint>
:  to place or send suddenly and unceremoniously <was arrested and flung into prison>
:  to give unrestrainedly <flung himself into music>
fling·er \ˈfliŋ-ər\ noun

Examples of FLING

  1. He flung his shoe across the room.
  2. She flung the door open and stormed into the room.
  3. They flung their hats into the air.
  4. She flung herself into his arms.
  5. He flung his arms around her.
  6. I flung back my head and laughed.
  7. He leaned back and flung his leg over the arm of the chair.
  8. She flung herself onto the couch.

Origin of FLING

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flengja to whip
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to FLING



: a brief sexual relationship

: a short period of time spent doing enjoyable and exciting things

Full Definition of FLING

:  an act or instance of flinging
a :  a casual try or involvement
b :  a casual or brief love affair
:  a period devoted to self-indulgence

Examples of FLING

  1. She had a fling with her boss.
  2. They had time for one last fling before going back to school.

First Known Use of FLING



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