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


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

Synonyms for fling

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

Synonyms: Noun

binge, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, revel, rollick, romp, spree

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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


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.


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

Jones revisits his romantic history — flings that were, at times, destructive — to examine the relationship between sexuality, race and vulnerability. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are known for their delightful mutual trolling on social media, with nary a birthday or anniversary between them going unnoticed without a little good-natured fun flung one direction or the other. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Ryan Reynolds Just Trolled Blake Lively With Unflattering Photos for Her Birthday," 25 Aug. 2019 That same night, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman gave reporters a simple account of what took place: The deputy fired his weapon after the homeowner flung open the door and aimed a gun at him. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "Police said they shot a man when he opened his door aiming a gun. Then the bodycam video came out.," 30 July 2019 Her parents flung their doors open to old colleagues from Catholic charities, and when friends from Amnesty International would pass through with refugees from Nicaragua or Guatemala on their way to Canada, Gabriela cooked with them. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 His destiny as a long-range gunner appears to be fulfilled next to the electric De’Aaron Fox, flinging triples with impunity. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Rookie-Scale Extension Watch: Will Pascal Siakam Land a Big Payday?," 15 Aug. 2019 Most recently on June 1, he was accused of jumping over the bar inside the theater, then flinging two liquor bottles, shattering them against the front door before fleeing. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Theater vandal released from psych ward: Orange Police Blotter," 8 Aug. 2019 Police used continuous rounds of tear gas to beat back most of the crowd, but some protesters resisted by throwing the canisters back at officers and flinging eggs and other objects. Yanan Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Hong Kong protests ebb and flow, like water," 5 Aug. 2019 The impact flung both Morey and Kraft from the motorcycle, police said. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Motorcycle crash in Sharon kills one, injures another," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It’s Labor Day weekend, historically a tough weekend for sporting events as people are headed out of town for a final summer fling. oregonlive.com, "Season ticket sales flat, Reser Stadium amenities increase as Oregon State preps for 2019 season opener," 28 Aug. 2019 His new fling, Heather Rae Young, is one of the stars of Netflix's Selling Sunset, a reality series that follows luxury real estate company The Oppenheim Group. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So Who Exactly Is Tarek El Moussa's New Fling, Heather Rae Young?," 30 July 2019 So many of them place an emphasis on social connectedness: flings, BBQs, parties, the 4th of July, Labor Day weekend. Anna Borges, SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Gets Depressed in the Summer," 21 June 2019 If the relationship seems fishy, look elsewhere for a summer fling that if all goes well could lead to something more meaningful – and real. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Catfish capitals? Alaska tops the states where your online romance may be a scam," 13 June 2019 So sorry to disappoint, but no home wreckers or secret flings going on here … Me and @sanctionedjohnnygalecki are just the best of buds- Leonard and Penny will just have to suffice!!! Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "11 Beloved TV Couples Who Dated then Split IRL," 23 July 2019 In April 2011, Audrina found herself in another brief fling with polo player, Nic Roldan. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Audrina Patridge's Love Life," 18 July 2019 To be clear, there is nothing wrong with flings, with flinging with wild abandon, with having meaningless interludes with hot chefs — if that’s what a person wants. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Will pursuing this summer fling leave her with fond memories, a broken heart - or both?," 13 July 2019 From the welcome desk’s Seussian floral centerpiece to its array of highlighter-green goodie bags, In Bloom had a spring fling energy from the get-go. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "At Portland’s “Weed Prom,” Women Gathered to Celebrate and Strategize," 11 July 2019

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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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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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