Fling vs Flying - What's the difference?

fling | flying |

As nouns the difference between fling and flying

is that fling is an act of throwing, often violently while flying is an act of flight.

As verbs the difference between fling and flying

is that fling is to throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl while flying is present participle of lang=en.

As an adjective flying is

that can fly.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • 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.
  • * D. Jerrold
  • When I was as young as you, I had my fling . I led a life of pleasure.
  • 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" ).
  • (obsolete) A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • I, who love to have a fling , / Both at senate house and king.
  • A kind of dance.
  • the Highland fling
  • (obsolete) A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
  • * Old proverb
  • England were but a fling / Save for the crooked stick and the grey goose wing.


    * (l)


  • To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
  • * Dryden
  • 'Tis Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings, / Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings.
  • * Addison
  • I know thy generous temper well. / Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it, / It straight takes fire.
  • * 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
  • Wilkinson was struggling, sending the re-start straight into touch and flinging a pass the same way, and France then went close to the first try of the contest as Clerc took a long pass out on the left and was just bundled into touch by the corner flag.
  • (archaic) To throw oneself in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
  • * Milton
  • And crop-full, out of doors he flings .
  • * Elizabeth Browning
  • I flung' closer to his breast, / As sword that, after battle, ' flings to sheath.
  • (archaic) To throw; to wince; to flounce.
  • * Helen Crocket, The Ettrick Shepherd's Last Tale
  • The horse flung most potently, making his heels fly aloft in the air.
  • (archaic) To utter abusive language; to sneer.
  • The scold began to flout and fling .




  • That can fly.
  • (flying fox)
  • Brief or hurried.
  • (flying visit)
  • (nautical, of a sail) Not secured by yards.
  • Verb

  • Derived terms

    * flyingly


    (en noun)
  • An act of flight.
  • * 1993 , John C. Greene, ?Gladys L. H. Clark, The Dublin Stage, 1720-1745 (page 58)
  • "Flyings'" could vary considerably in complexity and lavishness and could involve an actor or property being either lifted from the stage into the flies above or vice versa. As Colin Visser has observed, ' flyings and sinkings are both "associated with supernatural manifestations of various kinds"