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Fling is sometimes a misspelling of flying.

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Definition of the noun fling

What does fling mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flings

  1. a usually brief attempt
  2. a brief indulgence of your impulses
  3. the act of flinging
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: throw = the act of throwing

Alternative definition of the noun fling


  1. Short, often sexual relationship.
  2. An act of unrestrained indulgence.
  3. An act of throwing, often violently.
  4. An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
  5. [figuratively] An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling").

Definition of the verb fling

What does fling mean as a doing word?

Fling is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. throw with force or recklessness
    • example: fling the frisbee
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden

      Verbs of Throwing (with the same syntax): bash, bat, bunt, chuck, fire, flick, flip, hit, hurl, knock, lob, loft, nudge, pass, pitch, punt, shoot, shove, slam, slap, sling, smash, tap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: throw = propel through the air
    • more specific words: pitch / flip / toss / sky = throw or toss with a light motion
  2. move in an abrupt or headlong manner
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. indulge oneself
  4. throw or cast away

Alternative definition of the verb fling


  1. To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.


"Fling", internationally titled Lie to Me, is an independent film about a couple navigating the hazards of an open relationship. It is the feature directorial debut of director John Stewart Muller and stars Brandon Routh, Steve Sandvoss, Courtney Ford, Nick Wechsler, Shoshana Bush and Ellen Hollman. It is the first feature from Santa Monica-based Steele Films and was written and produced by John Stewart Muller and his partner Laura Boersma.

Phrases with Fling

  1. fling off
  2. to fling off
  3. to fling
  4. highland fling

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fling

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Google previewUniversity of Pennsylvania 2012 (2011)

by Perry Petra-Wong, Jennifer Klein

Spring Fling is the time when security is the most strict, and all guests are required to register for passes and stay with the person they are visiting at all times. However, even at this time, security tends to be spotty, and often security guards let ...

Google previewHighland Treasure (1998)

by Amanda Scott

Romantic Times HIGHLAND FLING: "From the pen of a most gifted storyteller, HIGHLAND FLING is a well-crafted romance with a delightful secondary love story, sparkling dialogue, and enough humor to tickle the most discerning funnybone.

Google previewTemple University College Prowler Off the Record (2005)

by Tiffani Joseph

Spring Fling The Spring Fling is the second annual event held in April, which has a similar set up as Homecoming. There are week long events, and booths are set up outside the Bell Tower, and there is usually a party or a dance at the end.

Google previewFuzzy Expert Systems (1991)

by Abraham Kandel

Rather than being limited to a single view of a single small network of financial variables and ratios, FLING is a flexible tool for general systems modeling. The representation of the external system which is assumed by the current version of ...

Google previewA Study of a Group of Superior Children (1922)

by Ida G. Nolds

The highland fling is a native dance of Ireland Scotland Switzerland .............. .... ..12 A mandolin is played with a bow mouth pick ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1806)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ... by John Walker

To FLING, fling.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

trivial, unconvincing, unsatisfactory, unsubstantial, weak flimsy nlghtwear negligee flimsy web gossamer flinch avoid, blench, cower, cringe, crouch, quail, quake, recoil, retreat, shirk, shiver, shrink, shy, start, swerve, wince fling attempt, binge ...

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary (1824)

by John Walker

To FLING ...

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After your fling, watch for the sting.
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Scrabble value of F4L1I1N1G2

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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