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flung\ ˈfləŋ How to pronounce fling (audio) \; flinging\ ˈfliŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce fling (audio) \

Definition of fling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move in a brusque or headlong manner flung out of the room in a rage
2 of an animal : to kick or plunge vigorously
3 Scotland : caper

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to place or send suddenly and unceremoniously (see unceremonious sense 2) was arrested and flung into prison
3 : to give unrestrainedly flung himself into music



Definition of fling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of flinging
2a : a casual try or involvement
b : a casual or brief love affair
3 : a period devoted to self-indulgence

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flinger \ ˈfliŋ-​ər How to pronounce fling (audio) \ noun

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throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

Examples of fling in a Sentence

Verb He flung his shoe across the room. She flung the door open and stormed into the room. They flung their hats into the air. She flung herself into his arms. He flung his arms around her. I flung back my head and laughed. He leaned back and flung his leg over the arm of the chair. She flung herself onto the couch. Noun She had a fling with her boss. They had time for one last fling before going back to school.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t twist your back to toss the snow away or fling it over your shoulder, warns Licameli: that can can cause back pain or injury. Jillian Mock, Popular Science, "How to shovel snow without hurting yourself," 17 Dec. 2020 Hayabusa2 will use two flybys of Earth to fling itself toward KY26, finally arriving in 2031. New York Times, "Japan’s Journey to an Asteroid Ends With a Hunt in Australia’s Outback," 5 Dec. 2020 Cuteness abounds, and depending on how many toddlers are in your orbit, so does familiarity: Why, what better to hang on and then fling myself from than this here doorknob? Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 3 Dec. 2020 Schoolchildren would fling themselves on these paper scraps: the lucky recipients clutched their bounty to their chests while the not so fortunate crept away, desolate. The Economist, "Countdown to Christmas The booming business of Advent calendars," 1 Dec. 2020 Stanford should also be able to fling the ball around in the air with a talented receiving corps and pro prospect quarterback Davis Mills. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford football eyes dramatic turnaround: ‘We expect to win the Pac-12’," 5 Nov. 2020 Gregory Nachman, a Dartmoor Road resident, had some fun designing a table-top catapult to fling his treats towards visitors. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights celebrated Halloween with some coronavirus tricks," 1 Nov. 2020 Competitors fling themselves off walls and obstacles in hopes of tossing a disc through the opposing team’s goal — but watch out for opponents trying to land a punch. Signe Brewster, New York Times, "It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.," 20 Oct. 2020 Sunday in Chicago, the Colts and Rivers won their third consecutive game by once again featuring their defense and ground game, instead of asking Rivers to fling the ball. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Colts’ version of “Marty Ball” suits Philip Rivers," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ironically, just a few days ago Stause and Motsepe were photographed alongside Savchenko and his reported new fling Cassie Scerbo during their vacation in Mexico. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, ""Selling Sunset" Star Chrishell Stause Is Fed up with "Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories"," 20 Dec. 2020 Dear Amy: In 1956, my mother had a fling with an airman. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Family has a savings and loan crisis," 19 Dec. 2020 Dear Amy: In 1956, my mother had a fling with an airman. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Choice to bail out relative delays much needed money management lesson," 19 Dec. 2020 At the time, Eugene had acted in two films, Foxy Lady and Cannibal Girls, and briefly had a fling with Schitt's Creek costar Catherine O'Hara. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Eugene Levy and His Wife Deborah Divine Were Strict Parents With Their Kids Dan and Sarah," 16 Oct. 2020 Jackson’s fling to the flat was dropped by J.K. Dobbins. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ravens caught in unrelenting storm of a season as problems pile up," 16 Nov. 2020 The show also suggests that Princess Anne's fling with Andrew Parker Bowles occurred in tandem with the beginnings of Prince Charles's courtship of Camilla. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is The Crown Accurate? The Answer Is Complicated," 13 Nov. 2020 For instance, a summer fling is contingent on summertime starting and ending. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, Your Situationship Breakup Is Real," 30 Oct. 2020 So maybe this was just a casual fling that ran its course. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Brad Pitt and Nicole Poturalski Have Reportedly Split," 29 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fling.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of fling


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fling

Verb and Noun

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flengja to whip

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Time Traveler for fling

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The first known use of fling was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fling. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for fling


How to pronounce fling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of fling (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈfliŋ How to pronounce fling (audio) \
flung\ ˈfləŋ \; flinging

Kids Definition of fling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to throw hard or without care She flung the junk out the window.
2 : to move forcefully He flung his arms around her.



Kids Definition of fling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of throwing hard or without care
2 : a time of freedom for pleasure The trip was our last fling of the summer.
3 : a brief try “… you and I are going to have one more fling at finding that last ticket.”— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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