A pitcher about to fling the ball.
- 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.
transitive verbflung, flinging
- 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 of flingMiddle 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
verbflung flung , fling·ing, flings
- 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 engage (oneself) in 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.
- Informal A usually brief attempt or effort: You take a fling at it.
- A brief, casual sexual or romantic relationship.
Origin of flingMiddle English flingen, of Scandinavian origin; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
- An act of throwing, often violently.
- An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
- the fling of a horse
- An act or period of unrestrained indulgence.
- Short, often sexual relationship.
- I had a fling with a girl I met on holiday.
- (figuratively) An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling").
- A kind of dance.
- the Highland fling
(third-person singular simple present flings, present participle flinging, simple past and past participle flung)
- To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
- (intransitive, archaic) To throw oneself in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
- (intransitive, archaic) To throw; to wince; to flounce.
- (intransitive, archaic) To utter abusive language; to sneer.
- The scold began to flout and fling.
From Old Norse flengja.