What does fling mean?

Definitions for fling

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fling.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offernoun

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  2. spree, flingnoun

    a brief indulgence of your impulses

  3. flingverb

    the act of flinging

  4. flingverb

    throw with force or recklessness

    "fling the frisbee"

  5. flingverb

    move in an abrupt or headlong manner

    "He flung himself onto the sofa"

  6. splurge, flingverb

    indulge oneself

    "I splurged on a new TV"

  7. discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put awayverb

    throw or cast away

    "Put away your worries"


  1. Flingnoun

    a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.

  2. Flingnoun

    a love affair.

  3. Flingnoun

    a period during which one tries a new activity; as, he took a fling at playing tennis.


  1. flingnoun

    Short, often sexual relationship.

    I had a fling with a girl I met on holiday.

  2. flingnoun

    An act of unrestrained indulgence.

  3. flingnoun

    An act of throwing, often violently.

  4. flingnoun

    An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.

  5. flingnoun

    An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling").

  6. flingverb

    To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.

  7. Etymology: From Old Norse flengja

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flingnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    No little scribbler is of wit so bare,
    But has his fling at the poor wedded pair. Addison.

    I, who love to have a fling
    Both at senate-house and king,
    Thought no method more commodious
    Than to show their vices odious. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To FLINGverb

    Etymology: preter. flung; part. flung or flong. from fligo, Latin, Skinner: according to others from flying; so to fling is to set flying. from fligo, Latin, Skinner:

    The matrons flung their gloves,
    Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchiefs
    Upon him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    ’Tis fate that flings the dice; and as she flings,
    Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings. Dryden.

    How much unlike that Hector who return’d
    Clad in Achilles’ spoils; when he, among
    A thousand ships, like Jove, his lightning flung. John Denham.

    Ev’ry beam new transient colours flings,
    Colours that change whene’er they wave their wings. Alexander Pope.

    A heap of rocks, falling, would expel the waters out of their places with such a violence as to fling them among the highest clouds. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The knight seeing his habitation reduced to so small compass, ordered all the apartments to be flung open. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Cromwell, I charge thee fling away ambition;
    By that sin fell the angels. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I know thy gen’rous temper:
    Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it,
    It strait takes fire. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Squalid fortune, into baseness flong,
    Doth scorn the pride of wonted ornaments. Edmund Spenser.

    These are so far from raising mountains, that they overturn and fling down some of those which were before standing. John Woodward, Natural History.

    These men are too well acquainted with the chace to be flung off by any false steps or doubles. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

  3. To Flingverb

    The angry beast
    Began to kick, and fling, and wince,
    As if h’ had been beside his sense. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 2.

    Their consciences are galled by it, and this makes them wince and fling as if they had some mettle. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Duncan’s horses,
    Turn’d wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
    Contending ’gainst obedience. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. fling

    The Struggle Front for the National Independence of Guinea (Portuguese: Frente de Luta pela Independência Nacional da Guiné, FLING) was a political movement in Guinea-Bissau. Founded by groups opposed to the Marxist doctrine of Amílcar Cabral and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), FLING played a minor role in the national liberation struggle against Portuguese colonial rule. The national trade union federation União Geral dos Trabalhadores de Guiné Bissau was linked to FLING in the pre-independence period.


  1. fling

    A fling is a short period of enjoyment or wild behavior, often referring to a brief and not very serious romantic or sexual relationship. It can also refer to the act of throwing something with a lot of force.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flingverb

    to cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond

  2. Flingverb

    to shed forth; to emit; to scatter

  3. Flingverb

    to throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation

  4. Flingverb

    to throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling

  5. Flingverb

    to cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling

  6. Flingverb

    to throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste

  7. Flingnoun

    a cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse

  8. Flingnoun

    a severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm

  9. Flingnoun

    a kind of dance; as, the Highland fling

  10. Flingnoun

    a trifing matter; an object of contempt

  11. Etymology: [OE. flingen, flengen, to rush, hurl; cf. Icel. flengia to whip, ride furiously, OSw. flenga to strike, Sw. flnga to romp, Dan. flenge to slash.]


  1. Fling

    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. Fling features Brandon Routh in his first lead role since Superman Returns. It premiered to a sold out crowd at the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival on April 26 in the Lido Theater on the Balboa Peninsula. The film received an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking" from the festival's jury. Fling had its official Los Angeles premiere on October 18th at the Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. as part of the 2008 LA Femme Film Festival. Shortly thereafter, it had its completely sold out East Coast premiere on November 7 at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. One week later on November 14, Fling had its Midwest premiere at the Screenland Theatre in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri which kicked off a month-long run at the theater.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fling

    fling, v.t. to strike or throw from the hand: to dart: to send forth: to scatter: to throw (of a horse).—v.i. to act in a violent and irregular manner: to kick out with the legs: to upbraid: to sneer:—pr.p. fling′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. flung.—n. a cast or throw: a taunt: complete freedom, full enjoyment of pleasure: a lively Scotch country-dance.—Fling out, to speak or act recklessly.—Full fling, at the utmost speed, recklessly. [Ice. flengja; Sw. flänga.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FLING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fling is ranked #32236 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fling surname appeared 715 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fling.

    85% or 608 total occurrences were White.
    11.1% or 80 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fling' in Verbs Frequency: #914

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fling in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fling in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    We just don't fling out ad hominem attacks like that because it doesn't help inform the American people.

  2. Woody Allen:

    I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling. It wouldn’t be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more. Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it. And the age difference didn’t seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favor actually.

  3. Jeff Bock:

    'X-Men' destroyed Alice, no question, that's what happens when a spring fling attempts to go full-tilt summer blockbuster. We've seen this happen in the past and it usually doesn't work out.

  4. Rahul Dubey:

    You hear this loud bang. And I saw the clubs coming out and pepper spray flying everywhere. All I could do was just fling open the door. And I'm, like,' Get in the house !'.

  5. Erin Moran:

    A special shout out to Scott Baio, i already went on Twitter about you. I hope it finds you. You and my lil sis had a very very brief fling… Scott, I'd advise you to get on your knees and pray you never run into me.

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Translations for fling

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  • اندفع, صب, رمىArabic
  • запращам, флирт, веселие, мятане, хвърляне, развлечение, хвърлямBulgarian
  • hodit, mrštitCzech
  • schleudern, AffäreGerman
  • ρίψιμοGreek
  • arrojar, lanzar, aventar, aventuraSpanish
  • säätöFinnish
  • aventure, jeter, passadeFrench
  • हाथ बढ़ानाHindi
  • նետել, գցելArmenian
  • bantingIndonesian
  • scagliare, slanciareItalian
  • לְהַשְׁלִיךHebrew
  • 投げるJapanese
  • eventyr, affæreNorwegian
  • smijten, slippertje, avontuurtjeDutch
  • fling, lançar, arremessar, casoPortuguese
  • chuqayQuechua
  • aruncaRomanian
  • швырять, кинуть, кидать, швырнуть, метнуть, метать, бросить, бросатьRussian

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