\ ˈfliŋ How to pronounce fling (audio) \
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

Synonyms for fling

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By promising that most elusive of human commodities — empathy — ElliQ could either solve the growing plague of senior loneliness or fling us right into the dystopic robot-buddy chasm. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Some teens took those brief moments of human contact to fling their feces and urine at the guards. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 10 Mar. 2022 Some teens took those brief moments of human contact to fling their feces and urine at the guards. NBC News, 10 Mar. 2022 This small shack on 11th Street in the Heights is shut most of the year, but its doors fling open and its social media comes back to life as soon as crawfish season starts. Emma Balter, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Explosions fling a wide array of materials into the air, from heavy metals in industrial sites to the concrete, cables, and piping in roads, to asbestos from buildings. Matt Simon, Wired, 3 Mar. 2022 Los Angeles' defense then won it when Aaron Donald got hold of Jimmy Garoppolo and forced him to fling a pass toward JaMycal Hasty. Greg Beacham, ajc, 31 Jan. 2022 The system uses the heavy blade’s weight to fling it open with a quick snap of our wrists. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2015 With that prompt, Rickover would fling the equipment or part at the radiator in his office. WSJ, 18 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Back in France, Joan raises her son from that Irish fling, Nathan (played at different ages by Louis Broust and Dimitri Doré), with help from her parents. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 During a brutal Los Angeles heat wave, Neil (Ted Danson) has a fling with a commercial actress (guest star Fran Drescher). Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Some did manage to have a short fling with a man; but in most cases, these relationships – exceedingly difficult to maintain at a long distance – fizzled out. Min Joo Lee, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Following a very public split, Cyrus and Lil Xan briefly reconnected in early 2020 — prior to her reported fling with Smokepurpp. Jack Irvin, PEOPLE.com, 8 Apr. 2022 When the track dropped, fans immediately got to work mapping out Swift's love life and ultimately linked the song to her whirlwind fling with Hiddleston following her long-term relationship with Calvin Harris. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Or a hound dog, crying all the time over a fling gone bad? Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Mar. 2022 With their Massachusetts hometowns separated by nearly an hour’s drive, the teens only meet face-to-face a handful of times after that initial vacation fling. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 While both disciplines feature large ramps that fling skiers into the air, aerialists take off from steeper ramps that send them higher while the flatter big air jump allows competitors to clear a large gap. Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Fling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fling. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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