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flyer

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
Textiles.
  1. a rotating device that adds twist to the slubbing or roving and winds the stock onto a spindle or bobbin in a uniform manner.
  2. a similar device for adding twist to yarn.
2.
Origin of flyer
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.

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.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.
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British Dictionary definitions for flyers

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 flyers

flier

n.

see flyer.

flyer

n.

also flier, mid-15c., "something that flies," agent noun of fly (v.1). Meaning "something that goes fast" is from 1795; that of "aviator" is from 1934. Meaning "speculative investment" is from 1846 (on the notion of a "flying leap"). Meaning "small handbill or fly-sheet" is from 1889, U.S. slang (originally especially of police bulletins), on notion of "made to be scattered broadcast." Meaning "aviator" is from World War I. Related: Fliers; flyers.

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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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