fli·​er | \ˈflī(-ə)r \
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Definition of flier 

1 : one that flies She's a frequent flier on that airline. specifically : airman He was a flier on an aircraft carrier.

2 : a reckless or speculative venture usually used in the phrase take a flier He took a flier in politics soon after getting his degree.

3 usually flyer : an advertising circular Flyers announcing the concert were distributed throughout the city.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for flier


adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, throw, venture


sure thing

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Examples of flier in a Sentence

These birds are graceful fliers. They distributed flyers announcing the concert throughout the city.

Recent Examples on the Web

Monday fliers aren't having much more luck: 900 flights are already cancelled as of 11 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Winter Storm Bruce Leads to Flight Delays, Cancellations," 26 Nov. 2018 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport sends miniature horses on patrol twice a month to calm nervous fliers. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Billions for the Future of Flying," 14 Nov. 2018 And in 2015, wingsuit flier Dean Potter and his partner, Graham Hunt, died after jumping from Taft Point and crashing. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Married Couple Died After Falling 800 Feet at Yosemite National Park," 30 Oct. 2018 As spotted by Allure, the beauty heroes over at HotFire Makeup reportedly got their hands on the announcement flier, complete with a listing of every day worth of deals. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "21 Days of Beauty at Ulta Might Be Starting on September 2," 22 Aug. 2018 He was granted free agency by the Milwaukee Brewers in November and sat on the shelf until February when the Rockies took a flier on him. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Healthy Again, Yard Goats Reliever Taking Steps To Get Back To Majors," 5 July 2018 Down the block, Jazar Tribble, 36, took a flier from Herens. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "West Philadelphia nervously watches as fentanyl kills the unsuspecting," 5 July 2018 Teams often take late-round fliers on top high school players. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Once teammates, Doran Turchin and Alex Binelas are picked on the same day in the MLB draft," 6 June 2018 Providing relocation funds Only a small number of residents at the Soap Factory contacted the city to seek help or ask questions after city staff put fliers on all 381 doors at the complex in March offering housing counseling services. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Tenants complain of displacement as new park opens," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of flier

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flier

: a person or animal that flies

: a piece of paper that has something printed on it (such as an advertisement or an announcement) and that is given to many people


variants: or flyer \ˈflī-​ər \

Kids Definition of flier

1 : a person or thing that flies

2 usually flyer : a printed sheet containing information or advertising that is given to many people

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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