fling vs splurge what difference

what is difference between fling and splurge



  • IPA(key): /ˈflɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1

From Middle English fling, from the verb (see below). Compare Icelandic flengur (a fast sprint).


fling (plural flings)

  1. An act of throwing, often violently.
  2. An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
  3. An act or period of unrestrained indulgence.
    • 1838, Douglas William Jerrold, Men of Character
      When I was as young as you, I had my fling. I led a life of pleasure.
  4. A short casual sexual relationship.
    Synonyms: affairette, dalliance, hookup, liaison
  5. (figuratively) An attempt, a try (as in “give it a fling”).
  6. (obsolete) A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe or taunt.
    • c. 1732, Jonathan Swift, Epistle to a Lady
      I, who love to have a fling, / Both at senate house and king.
  7. A lively Scottish country dance.
  8. (obsolete) A trifling matter; an object of contempt.
    • ante 1800, old proverb
      England were but a fling / Save for the crooked stick and the grey goose wing.

Etymology 2

From Middle English flingen, flengen, from Old Norse flengja (to whip), from Proto-Germanic *flangijaną (to beat, whip), from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂k- (to beat). Cognate with Icelandic flengja (to spank), Norwegian flengja (to rip, tear, or fling open).


fling (third-person singular simple present flings, present participle flinging, simple past flung or (colloquial or dialectal, nonstandard) flang or (nonstandard) flinged, past participle flung or (nonstandard) flinged)

  1. (intransitive, now archaic) To move (oneself) abruptly or violently; to rush or dash.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 113:
      I see, sir, said I, I see what a man I am with. […] And away I flung, leaving him seemingly vexed, and in confusion.
  2. (transitive) To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
    • I know thy generous temper well. / Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it, / It straight takes fire.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To throw; to wince; to flounce.
    • 1836, Helen Crocket, The Ettrick Shepherd’s Last Tale
      The horse flung most potently, making his heels fly aloft in the air.
  4. (intransitive, archaic) To utter abusive language; to sneer.



Possibly from a blend of splash +‎ surge.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /splɝdʒ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /splɜːdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)dʒ


splurge (third-person singular simple present splurges, present participle splurging, simple past and past participle splurged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, informal) To (cause to) gush; to flow or move in a rush.
    The tomato sauce was splurged all over the chips.
    • 1884, Donald Grant Mitchell, Bound Together, A Sheaf of Papers, Norwich, 1659-1859,
      But the steamboats come in their time ; and I am sure that I address a large crowd of sympathizing auditors, now that I come to speak of the magnificent old “Fanny,” spluttering and paddling, and splurging up to the little wharf under the lea of Peppers Hill, where the pine wood lay piled in fabulous quantities.
    • 1913, Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, Chapter XXXVIII,
      She waited a moment, quivering with the expectation of her husband’s answer; then, as none came except the silent darkening of his face, she walked to the door and turned round to fling back: “Of course you can do what you like with your own house, and make any arrangements that suit your family, without consulting me; but you needn’t think I’m ever going back to live in that stuffy little hole, with Hubert and his wife splurging round on top of our heads!”
    • 1930, Robert E. Howard, Sailors’ Grudge,
      “And boy,” he splurged, “we are filming a peach, a pip and a wow! Is it a knockout? Oh, baby! A prize-fight picture entitled ‘The Honor of the Champion,’ starring Reginald Van Veer, with Honey Precious for the herowine. Boy, will it pack the theayters!”
  2. (colloquial) To spend lavishly or extravagantly, especially money. [from 1911]
    They decided to splurge on the biggest banana split for dessert.
    • 1912, Jack London, The House of Pride.
      I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.
  3. To produce an extravagant or ostentatious display.



splurge (plural splurges)

  1. An extravagant or ostentatious display. [from 1828]
  2. An extravagant indulgence; a spending spree. [from 1928]




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