- The definition of a flail is a farm tool that is a long-handled stick that is swung to thresh grain.
An example of a flail is a tool used to toss grain up in the air.
- To flail is defined as to wave or swing about wildly or to flounder.
When you wave your arms around wildly, this is an example of flail.
flail definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English fleil ; from Old French flaiel and amp; Old English an unverified form flegel, both ; from Classical Latin flagellum, a whip, scourge: see flagellate
- to thresh with a flail
- to strike or beat as with a flail
- to move (one's arms) about like flails
flail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- To beat or strike with or as if with a flail: flailed our horses with the reins.
- To wave or swing vigorously; thrash: flailed my arms to get their attention.
- To thresh using a flail.
- To move vigorously or erratically; thrash about: arms flailing helplessly in the water.
- To strike or lash out violently: boxers flailing at each other in the ring.
- To thresh grain.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English flegil and from Old French flaiel, both from Late Latin flagellum, threshing tool, from Latin flagrum, whip.
flail - Medical Definition
- To move vigorously or erratically; thrash about.
- To strike or lash out violently.