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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fleyl]
    • /fleɪl/
    • /fleɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fleyl]
    • /fleɪl/

Definitions of flail word

  • noun flail an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar. 1
  • noun flail a similar instrument used as a weapon of war. 1
  • noun flail A threshing tool consisting of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it. 1
  • intransitive verb flail thrash about 1
  • noun flail grain harvest: implement 1
  • verb flail If your arms or legs flail or if you flail them about, they wave about in an energetic but uncontrolled way. 0

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Origin of flail

First appearance:

before 1100
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1100; Middle English fleil (noun), Old English flighel (probably misspelling of *flegil), cognate with Dutch vlegel, German Flegel < West Germanic *flagil- < Late Latin flagellum flail, Latin: whip, scourge. See flagellum

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Parts of speech for Flail


flail popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for flail

verb flail

  • thrash — to beat soundly in punishment; flog.
  • smash — to break to pieces with violence and often with a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall, or dashing against something; shatter: He smashed the vase against the wall.
  • smackArthur, 1863–1935, British statesman and labor leader: Nobel Peace Prize 1934.
  • bash — A bash is a party or celebration, especially a large one held by an official organization or attended by famous people.
  • knock — to strike a sounding blow with the fist, knuckles, or anything hard, especially on a door, window, or the like, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal: to knock on the door before entering.

noun flail

  • flap — to swing or sway back and forth loosely, especially with noise: A loose shutter flapped outside the window.

Antonyms for flail

verb flail

  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.

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