- The definition of a fling is a wild, short time of pleasure.
An example of a fling is a backpacker having a two week romance with a German bartender while traveling through Europe.
- To fling is defined as to throw.
An example of to fling is a pitcher throwing a baseball.
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- to throw, esp. with force or violence; hurl; cast
- to put abruptly or violently: to be flung into confusion
- to move (one's arms, legs, head, etc.) suddenly or impulsively
- to throw (oneself) energetically (into a task)
- to throw aside; disregard: to fling caution to the winds
- Old Poet. to emit or diffuse
Origin: Middle English flingen, to rush ; from Old Norse flengja, to whip (Norw dialect, dialectal , to throw) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plāk-: see flaw
- to move suddenly and violently; rush; dash
- to kick and plunge, as a horse does: often with out
- an act of flinging
- a brief time of unrestrained pleasures or dissipation
- a spirited dance: the Highland fling
- Informal a trial effort; try: to have a fling at acting
- Informal a brief love affair
- flinger noun
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verb flung flung , fling·ing, flings verb, transitive
- To throw with violence: flung the dish against the wall. See Synonyms at throw.
- To put or send suddenly or unexpectedly: troops that were flung into battle.
- To throw (oneself) into an activity with abandon and energy.
- To cast aside; discard: fling propriety away.
- The act of flinging.
- A brief period of indulging one's impulses. See Synonyms at binge.
- Informal A usually brief attempt or effort: You take a fling at it.
- A brief sexual or romantic relationship.
Origin: Middle English flingen, of Scandinavian origin; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.