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flier

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
something that flies, as a bird or insect.
2.
an aviator or pilot.
3.
an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.
4.
a person or thing that moves with great speed.
5.
some part of a machine having a rapid motion.
6.
a small handbill; circular.
7.
Informal. a flying jump or leap:
He took a flier off the bridge.
8.
Informal. a risky or speculative venture:
Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.
9.
one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs.
Compare winder (def 2).
10.
a trapeze artist; aerialist.
11.
a silvery-green sunfish, Centrarchus macropterus, found from Virginia to Florida and through the lower Mississippi valley.
Also, flyer.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.
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Examples from the web for flier
  • All too often, last year's high flier turned out to be this year's tunnel-dweller.
  • The triumphant reign of pterosaurs ended with this giant flier.
  • The ancient pterosaur was a slow flier that coasted on light air currents and could soar for hours.
  • He doesn't see the flier sitting on the fence, its feathers all puffed out against the cold, until it flies.
  • Which is why this tethered, water-powered model might be a better bet, for the recreational flier.
  • Having the trip linked to your frequent flier account in the first place is part of how they show up in your app.
  • Print a flier and post it on bulletin boards at community centers and supermarkets.
  • The problem is priority boarding for those with frequent flier status.
  • Frequent flier points may not form part of the prize.
  • Do a little bit of research before picking frequent flier plans.
British Dictionary definitions for flier

flier

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of flyer

flyer

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that flies or moves very fast
2.
an aviator or pilot
3.
(informal) a long flying leap; bound
4.
a fast-moving machine part, esp one having periodic motion
5.
a rectangular step in a straight flight of stairs Compare winder (sense 5)
6.
(athletics) an informal word for flying start
7.
(mainly US) a speculative business transaction
8.
a small handbill
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Word Origin and History for flier
n.

see flyer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flier

flier

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flyer


flyer

noun

A trapeze performer (1890s+ Circus)

Related Terms

take a flyer


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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