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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flahy]
    • /flaɪ/
    • /flaɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flahy]
    • /flaɪ/

Definitions of fly word

  • verb without object fly to move through the air using wings. 1
  • verb without object fly to be carried through the air by the wind or any other force or agency: bits of paper flying about. 1
  • verb without object fly to float or flutter in the air: flags flying in the breeze. 1
  • verb without object fly to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft. 1
  • verb without object fly to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly: He flew from the room. 1
  • verb without object fly to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another: The door flew open. 1

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Origin of fly

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English flīen, Old English flēogan; cognate with Old High German fliogan, German fliegen, Old Norse fljuga

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fly


fly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

fly usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fly

verb fly

  • shoot — to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.
  • take off — the act of taking.
  • float — to rest or remain on the surface of a liquid; be buoyant: The hollow ball floated.
  • glide — to move smoothly and continuously along, as if without effort or resistance, as a flying bird, a boat, or a skater.
  • drift — a driving movement or force; impulse; impetus; pressure.

noun fly

  • tippet — a scarf, usually of fur or wool, for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, and usually having ends hanging down in front. Compare stole2 (def 2).
  • canvas — Canvas is a strong, heavy cloth that is used for making things such as tents, sails, and bags.
  • centipede — A centipede is a long, thin creature with a lot of legs.
  • pendant — a hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace.
  • ladybug — any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but including several forms that feed on plants.

adjective fly

  • stylish — characterized by or conforming to style or the fashionable standard; fashionably elegant; smart or chic: She wore a very stylish gown to the inaugural ball.
  • sharp — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.
  • a la mode — A dessert à la mode is served with ice cream.
  • swank — dashing smartness, as in dress or appearance; style.
  • swell — to grow in bulk, as by the absorption of moisture or the processes of growth.

Antonyms for fly

verb fly

  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • decelerate — When a vehicle or machine decelerates or when someone in a vehicle decelerates, the speed of the vehicle or machine is reduced.
  • walk — to advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; proceed by steps; move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion and two or more feet on the ground in quadrupedal locomotion.
  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.

Top questions with fly

  • how to get rid of fly?
  • sugar how you get so fly?
  • where does southwest fly?
  • there was an old lady who swallowed a fly?
  • when pigs fly?
  • how you get so fly?
  • how to fly?
  • how long does a fly live?
  • sugar sugar how you get so fly?
  • i heard a fly buzz when i died?
  • how to fly fishing?
  • sugar how you get so fly lyrics?
  • how to fly fish?
  • how to get rid of house fly?
  • the boy who could fly?

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