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Flibbergib noun A sycophant. [ Obsolete & Humorous.] "Flatterers and flibbergibs ." Latimer.

Flibbertigibbet noun An imperfect Shak.

Flibustier noun [ French] A buccaneer; an American pirate. See Filibuster . [ Obsolete]

Flick (flĭk) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flicked (flĭkt); present participle & verbal noun Flicking .] [ Confer Flicker .] To whip lightly or with a quick jerk; to flap; as, to flick a horse; to flick the dirt from boots. Thackeray.

Flick noun A flitch; as, a flick of bacon.

Flick transitive verb To throw, snap, or toss with a jerk; to flirt; as, to flick a whiplash.

Rude boys were flicking butter pats across chaos.
Kipling.

Flick noun [ See Flick , transitive verb ] A light quick stroke or blow, esp. with something pliant; a flirt; also, the sound made by such a blow.

She actually took the whip out of his hand and gave a flick to the pony.
Mrs. Humphry Ward.

Flicker (-ẽr) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flickered (-ẽrd); present participle & verbal noun Flickering .] [ Middle English flikeren , flekeren , to flutter, Anglo-Saxon flicerian , flicorian , confer Dutch flikkeren to sparkle. √84. Confer Flacker .]
1. To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.

And flickering on her nest made short essays to sing.
Dryden.

2. To waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air, or when about to expire; as, the flickering light.

The shadows flicker to fro.
Tennyson.

Flicker noun
1. The act of wavering or of fluttering; fluctuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness; as, the last flicker of the dying flame.

2. (Zoology) The golden-winged woodpecker ( Colaptes aurutus ); -- so called from its spring note. Called also yellow-hammer , high-holder , pigeon woodpecker , and yucca .

The cackle of the flicker among the oaks.
Thoureau.

Flickeringly adverb In a flickering manner.

Flickermouse noun (Zoology) See Flittermouse .

Flidge adjective Fledged; fledge. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Flidge intransitive verb To become fledged; to fledge. [ Obsolete]

Every day build their nests, every hour flidge .
R. Greene.

Flier (flī"ẽr) noun [ Form Fly , v. ; confer Flyer ]
1. One who flies or flees; a runaway; a fugitive. Shak.

2. (Machinery) A fly. See Fly , noun , 9, and 13 (b) .

3. (Spinning) See Flyer , noun , 5.

4. (Architecture) See Flyer , noun , 4.

Flier noun An aëroplane or flying machine.

Flight (flīt) noun [ Anglo-Saxon fliht , flyht , a flying, from fleógan to fly; confer flyht a fleeing, from fleón to flee, German flucht a fleeing, Swedish flykt , German flug a flying, Swedish flygt , Dutch vlugt a fleeing or flying, Danish flugt . √84. See Flee , Fly .]
1. The act of flying; a passing through the air by the help of wings; volitation; mode or style of flying.

Like the night owl's lazy flight .
Shak.

2. The act of fleeing; the act of running away, to escape danger or expected evil; hasty departure.

Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Matt. xxiv. 20.

Fain by flight to save themselves.
Shak.

3. Lofty elevation and excursion; a mounting; a soaring; as, a flight of imagination, ambition, folly.

Could he have kept his spirit to that flight ,
He had been happy .
Byron.

His highest flights were indeed far below those of Taylor.
Macaulay.

4. A number of beings or things passing through the air together; especially, a flock of birds flying in company; the birds that fly or migrate together; the birds produced in one season; as, a flight of arrows. Swift.

Swift flights of angels ministrant.
Milton.

Like a flight of fowl
Scattered winds and tempestuous gusts.
Shak.

5. A series of steps or stairs from one landing to another. Parker.

6. A kind of arrow for the longbow; also, the sport of shooting with it. See Shaft . [ Obsolete]

Challenged Cupid at the flight .
Shak.

Not a flight drawn home
E'er made that haste that they have.
Beau. & Fl.

7. The husk or glume of oats. [ Prov. Eng.] Wright.

Flight feathers (Zoology) , the wing feathers of a bird, including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See Bird . -- To put to flight , To turn to flight , to compel to run away; to force to flee; to rout.

Syn. -- Pair; set. See Pair .

Flight-shot noun The distance to which an arrow or flight may be shot; bowshot, -- about the fifth of a mile. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Within a flight-shot it inthe valley.
Evelyn.

Half a flight-shot from the king's oak.
Sir W. Scott.

Flighted adjective
1. Taking flight; flying; -- used in composition. "Drowsy- flighted steeds." Milton.

2. (Her.) Feathered; -- said of arrows.

Flighter noun (Brewing) A horizontal vane revolving over the surface of wort in a cooler, to produce a circular current in the liquor. Knight.

Flightily adverb In a flighty manner.

Flightiness noun The state or quality of being flighty.

The flightness of her temper.
Hawthorne.

Syn. -- Levity; giddiness; volatility; lightness; wildness; eccentricity. See Levity .

Flighty adjective
1. Fleeting; swift; transient.

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
Unless the deed go with it.
Shak.

2. Indulging in flights, or wild and unrestrained sallies, of imagination, humor, caprice, etc.; given to disordered fancies and extravagant conduct; volatile; giddy; eccentric; slighty delirious.

Proofs of my flighty and paradoxical turn of mind.
Coleridge.

A harsh disciplinarian and a flighty enthusiast.
J. S. Harford.

Flimflam noun [ Confer Flam .] A freak; a trick; a lie. Beau. & Fl.

Flimsily adverb In a flimsy manner.

Flimsiness noun The state or quality of being flimsy.

Flimsy adjective [ Compar. Flimsier ; superl. Flimsiest .] [ Confer W. llymsi naked, bare, empty, sluggish, spiritless. Confer Limsy .] Weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity; of loose and unsubstantial structure; without reason or plausibility; as, a flimsy argument, excuse, objection.

Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines.
Pope.

All the flimsy furniture of a country miss's brain.
Sheridan.

Syn. -- Weak; feeble; superficial; shallow; vain.

Flimsy noun
1. Thin or transfer paper.

2. A bank note. [ Slang, Eng.]

Flinch intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flinched ; present participle & verbal noun Flinching .] [ Prob. from Middle English flecchen to waver, give way, French fléchir , from Latin flectere to bend; but probably influenced by English blench . Confer Flex .]
1. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one of the parties flinched from the combat.

A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be accustomed to bear very rough usage without flinching or complaining.
Locke.

2. (Croquet) To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.

Flinch noun The act of flinching.

Flincher noun One who flinches or fails.

Flinchingly adverb In a flinching manner.

Flindermouse noun [ Middle English vlindre moth (cf. Dutch vlinder butterfly) + English mouse . Confer Flittermouse , Flinders .] (Zoology) A bat; a flittermouse.

Flinders noun plural [ Scot. flenders , flendris ; perhaps akin to English flutter ; confer Dutch flenters rags, broken pieces.] Small pieces or splinters; fragments.

The tough ash spear, so stout and true,
Into a thousand flinders flew.
Sir W. Scott.

Fling (flĭng) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flung (flŭng); present participle & verbal noun Flinging .] [ Middle English flingen , flengen , to rush, hurl; confer Icelandic flengia to whip, ride furiously, OSw. flenga to strike, Swedish flänga to romp, Danish flenge to slash.]
1. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand; as, to fing a stone into the pond.

'T is Fate that flings the dice: and, as she flings ,
Of kings makes peasants, and of peasants kings.
Dryden.

He . . . like Jove, his lighting flung .
Dryden.

I know thy generous temper well.
Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it,
It straight takes fire.
Addison.

2. To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.

The sun begins to fling
His flaring beams.
Milton.

Every beam new transient colors flings .
Pope.

3. To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat; as, to fling a party in litigation.

His horse started, flung him, and fell upon him.
Walpole.

To fling about , to throw on all sides; to scatter. -- To fling away , to reject; to discard.

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition.
Shak.

-- To fling down . (a) To throw to the ground; esp., to throw in defiance, as formerly knights cast a glove into the arena as a challenge.

This question so flung down before the guests, . . .
Was handed over by consent of all
To me who had not spoken.
Tennyson.

(b) To overturn; to demolish; to ruin. -- To fling in , to throw in; not to charge in an account; as, in settling accounts, one party flings in a small sum, or a few days' work. -- To fling off , to baffle in the chase; to defeat of prey; also, to get rid of. Addison. -- To fling open , to throw open; to open suddenly or with violence; as, to fling open a door. -- To fling out , to utter; to speak in an abrupt or harsh manner; as, to fling out hard words against another. -- To fling up , to relinquish; to abandon; as, to fling up a design.

Fling intransitive verb
1. To throw; to wince; to flounce; as, the horse began to kick and fling .

2. To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer; as, the scold began to flout and fling .

3. To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.

And crop-full, out of doors he flings .
Milton.

I flung closer to his breast,
As sword that, after battle, flings to sheath.
Mrs. Browning.

To fling out , to become ugly and intractable; to utter sneers and insinuations.

Fling noun
1. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick; as, the fling of a horse.

2. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.

I, who love to have a fling ,
Both at senate house and king.
Swift.

3. A kind of dance; as, the Highland fling .

4. A trifing matter; an object of contempt. [ Obsolete]

England were but a fling
Save for the crooked stick and the gray goose wing.
Old Proverb.

To have one's fling , to enjoy one's self to the full; to have a season of dissipation. J. H. Newman. "When I was as young as you, I had my fling . I led a life of pleasure." D. Jerrold.

Flingdust noun One who kicks up the dust; a streetwalker; a low manner. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

Flinger noun One who flings; one who jeers.

Flint noun [ Anglo-Saxon flint , akin to Swedish flinta , Danish flint ; confer Old High German flins flint, German flinte gun (cf. English flint lock), perhaps akin to Greek ... brick. Confer Plinth .]
1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.

2. A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.

3. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint. "A heart of flint ." Spenser.

Flint age . (Geol.) Same as Stone age , under Stone . -- Flint brick , a fire made principially of powdered silex. -- Flint glass . See in the Vocabulary. -- Flint implements (Archæol.) , tools, etc., employed by men before the use of metals, such as axes, arrows, spears, knives, wedges, etc., which were commonly made of flint, but also of granite, jade, jasper, and other hard stones. -- Flint mill . (a) (Pottery) A mill in which flints are ground. (b) (Mining) An obsolete appliance for lighting the miner at his work, in which flints on a revolving wheel were made to produce a shower of sparks, which gave light, but did not inflame the fire damp. Knight. -- Flint stone , a hard, siliceous stone; a flint. -- Flint wall , a kind of wall, common in England, on the face of which are exposed the black surfaces of broken flints set in the mortar, with quions of masonry. -- Liquor of flints , a solution of silica, or flints, in potash. -- To skin a flint , to be capable of, or guilty of, any expedient or any meanness for making money. [ Colloq.]

Flint glass (Chemistry) A soft, heavy, brilliant glass, consisting essentially of a silicate of lead and potassium. It is used for tableware, and for optical instruments, as prisms, its density giving a high degree of dispersive power; -- so called, because formerly the silica was obtained from pulverized flints. Called also crystal glass . Confer Glass .

» The concave or diverging half on an achromatic lens is usually made of flint glass .

Flint-hearted adjective Hard- hearted. Shak.

Flintiness noun The state or quality of being flinty; hardness; cruelty. Beau. & Fl.

Flintlock noun
1. A lock for a gun or pistol, having a flint fixed in the hammer, which on striking the steel ignites the priming.

2. A hand firearm fitted with a flintlock; esp., the old-fashioned musket of European and other armies.

Flintware noun A superior kind of earthenware into whose composition flint enters largely. Knight.

Flintwood noun (Botany) An Australian name for the very hard wood of the Eucalyptus piluralis .

Flinty adjective [ Compar. Flintier ; superl. Flintiest .] Consisting of, composed of, abounding in, or resembling, flint; as, a flinty rock; flinty ground; a flinty heart.

Flinty rock , or Flinty state , a siliceous slate; -- basanite is here included. See Basanite .

Flip noun [ Confer Prov. English flip nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow. Confer Flippant .] A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron.

Flip dog , an iron used, when heated, to warm flip.

Flip transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Flipped ; present participle & verbal noun Flipping .] To toss or fillip; as, to flip up a cent.

As when your little ones
Do 'twixt their fingers flip their cherry stones.
W. Browne.

Flipe transitive verb To turn inside out, or with the leg part back over the foot, as a stocking in pulling off or for putting on. [ Scot.]