Definition of fling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//flɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɪŋ//
    [usually singular] (informal) Romance
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  1. 1a short period of enjoyment when you do not allow yourself to worry or think seriously about anything He was determined to have one last fling before retiring.
  2. 2fling (with somebody) a short sexual relationship with somebody We had a brief fling, but it’s over now. See related entries: Romance
  3. see also Highland fling
    Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘go violently’): perhaps related to Old Norse flengja ‘flog’. The main verb sense is based on an earlier sense ‘reckless movement of the body’ and dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples She’s had her fling and now she’s got to settle down. The athlete will have one final fling before retirement. It was just a fling. We had a brief fling, but it’s over now.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fling