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fling

verb \ ˈfliŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of fling

flung play \ˈfləŋ\; flinging play \ˈfliŋ-iŋ\
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
1 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
2 : to place or send suddenly and unceremoniously (see unceremonious 2)
  • was arrested and flung into prison
3 : to give unrestrainedly
  • flung himself into music

flinger

play \ˈfliŋ-ər\ noun

Examples of fling in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of fling

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

Synonym Discussion of fling

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

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fling

noun

Definition of fling

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

Examples of fling in a Sentence

  1. She had a fling with her boss.

  2. They had time for one last fling before going back to school.

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Origin and Etymology of fling

see 1fling



FLING Defined for English Language Learners

fling

verb

Definition of fling for English Language Learners

  • : 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


fling

noun

Definition of fling for English Language Learners

  • : a brief sexual relationship

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


FLING Defined for Kids

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fling

verb \ ˈfliŋ \

Definition of fling for Students

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

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fling

noun

Definition of fling for Students

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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