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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That decision will fling the rest of the top 10 into chaos. New York Times, "Full 2021 N.F.L. Draft Order," 27 Apr. 2021 The Stanford defense was crippling, and McDonald could only fling the ball toward the hoop in desperation. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "A by-the-numbers celebration of Arizona women's basketball, the biggest story in the state," 6 Apr. 2021 Just 1,100 or so people live on Giglio throughout the year, though that number swells in the summer, when vacation home shutters fling open. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Hidden Island Off the Coast of Tuscany Offers Crystalline Sea Views, Hidden Coves for Snorkeling, and Amazing Hikes," 20 Mar. 2021 Having an opponent fling ethnic slurs at Boogie as trash talk on the court might add an edge, but the problematic nature of that otherwise goes unaddressed. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Boogie' tells a basketball story, but Eddie Huang's debut misses its shot," 4 Mar. 2021 Lift a corner and fling it back, exposing the countless tiny gifts that give us a sense of being part of this ever-changing, ever-crazy, ever-sweet Earth. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Fill yourself with wonder: February is short on days but long on delights," 2 Feb. 2021 As the corpses descend and decompose, other creatures pick at them and fling off particles, tiny morsels that accumulate even on the deepest of seafloors. Matt Simon, Wired, "Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice," 15 Feb. 2021 During the course of the campaign, the racists and misogynists reliably emerged to fling their insults and to try their best to diminish Harris. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris made history with quiet, exquisite power," 8 Nov. 2020 So while time traveling to the past may be the more exciting concept, scientists are much more likely to fling someone into the unknown future rather than the well-trodden past. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "We Already Know How to Build a Time Machine," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spring fling antique show: Jameson Homestead Antiques Spring Fling will take place outside from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 at 36675 Detroit Road. cleveland, "New Butterfly House under construction at Miller Nature Preserve: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 2 May 2021 Paul rebounded by hooking up with his TVD co-star, Phoebe Tonkin, but their fling never turned into anything serious. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "30 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 30 Apr. 2021 But King suspects Camae is a spy, sent by the FBI to entrap him in an extramarital fling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: King finally reaches the ‘Mountaintop’ in moving filmed play," 29 Apr. 2021 But perhaps one of the worst possible times to start a fight with a former fling might be while illegally and violently storming the U.S. Capitol in a last-ditch effort to forcefully overturn the 2020 presidential election results (just saying). Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Her Ex Called Her A “Moron,” So This Woman Got The Best Revenge Ever," 26 Feb. 2021 Emergent Biosolutions disclosed the temporary halt to production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in a Monday fling with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore facility temporarily halts production of COVID vaccine," 19 Apr. 2021 This spring fling of a season was played for fun and experience and love of the game. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad finishes an undefeated season with rout," 16 Apr. 2021 Urías’s closest fling with trouble occurred in the sixth inning when Story stepped to the plate with two runners on base. Los Angeles Times, "Julio Urías continues where he left off in World Series by dominating the Rockies," 4 Apr. 2021 The spring fling box ($180 for two) is essentially a meal kit, ready to be completed for the evening Easter. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "15 Bay Area restaurants serving Easter specials, from brunch spreads to roast lamb," 26 Mar. 2021

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

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4 May 2021

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“Fling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fling. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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