Reverse Dictionary: FLO – FN


FLOAT – verbs
– TO-FLEET  to float away; to be carried away by or as by water …a1122
 
FLOATING – adverbs
– ASWIM afloat, covered with water …1792 Sc.
floating – nouns 
– NATABILITY capacity of floating …1796
– WOODEN ISLAND a floating mass of debris, as wood or vegetation, formed in a lake or large river …1807 Amer. dial.
 
FLOCK – nouns
– BEND a flock, a company …1882 Amer. dial.
flock – verbs 
– BAND to form into a herd or flock …1878 Amer. dial.
 
FLOG – person
– BIRCHER one who administers a birch-rod; a flogger …1888
– INDORSER a sadist; one who flogs the back of another …E20 US criminals’ sl.
– YERKER a kicker; a flogger …1664 
flog – verbs 
– ANOINT to flog, to beat, to thrash; to chastise by word or act …c1500
– ARRAY to thrash, to flog; to disfigure, to befoul …L14 jocular
– ASH to flog, to beat …1889 Eng. dial.
– BALEISE to beat, to flog, to whip, to scourge …1876 Eng. dial.
– BASTE to hit repeatedly, to assault by hitting, to beat soundly, to thrash, to flog, to cudgel …1533
– BELLIS to beat, to flog …1865 Eng. dial.
– BELLISE to beat, to flog; to whip, to scourge …1865 Eng. dial.
– BIBLE to administer a flogging …1859 Winchester School sl.
– BILLUS to beat, to flog …1865 Eng. dial.
– BREECH to flog on the breech …Bk1911 Sc.
– BREEK to flog …Bk1911 Sc.
– BULLDOSE to flog, to beat severely …L19 sl.
– BULLDOZE to flog, to beat severely …L19 sl.
– BUMBASTE † to beat on the posteriors; to inflict school punishment; hence, to flog, to thrash, to beat or baste  soundly …1571 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BUMFEG † to flog, to beat, to thrash …1589
– COTTON to beat, to flog, to thrash …1654 Eng. dial.
– COWHIDE to flog …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– FLAGELLATE to whip, scourge, flog
– GIVE A RED-LACED JACKET to flog …1871 military sl.
– HIDE to flog …Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– HORSE to flog, to whip; also, to treat roughly …1775 US sl.
– JACKET to flog, to thrash, to beat …1704 sl.
– KANGE to flog severely …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAM to beat soundly, to thrash, to flog; to hit hard, to strike …1746 Eng. dial.
– LAMP to beat, to thrash, to flog …1808 Sc.
– LARROP to beat, to flog, to thrash …1823 Eng. dial. & colloq.
– LARRUP to beat thoroughly, to strike, to thrash, to whip, to flog …1824 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– LIMB to beat severely, to whip, to flog …1949 Amer. dial.
– LINGE † to beat severely, to thrash, to flog …1600 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LIRROP to beat, to flog, to thrash …1823 Eng. dial. & colloq.
– MEASURE FOR A WARM SUIT OF CLOTHES to thrash, to beat, to flog …Bk1905 Eng.
– MEASURE ONE’S BACK WITH A STICK to thrash, to beat, to flog …Bk1905 Eng.
– PADDLE to give a severe flogging with a belt …1899 US prison sl.
– PUT THE QUILT ON to thrash, to beat, to flog …E19 sl.
– QUILT to beat, to thrash, to flog …1836 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– RIDGIL to flog, to beat …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SALVE to flog …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SAUCE † to belabour, to beat a person, to flog …1598
– SCALP to beat about the head; to flog …1889 Eng. dial.
– SCORE to scratch; to mark by flogging …1865 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCOUR to whip, to flog, to beat; to whip a top …1867 Sc.
– SCRINGE to scourge, to flog …1790 Sc.
– STRAP to flog, to beat ,,,Bk1904 sl.
– TAN A PERSON’S HIDE to thrash or flog a person
– THACK to thwack, to beat, to flog …1863 Sc.
– THOCK to thwack, to beat, to flog …1863 Sc.
– THREAP to beat, to flog, to thrash, to punish severely …1721 Eng. dial.
– THRUM † to beat; to flog; to chastise …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TITCH to flog …M19 sl.
– TWILT to beat, to thrash, to flog …1836 Eng. dial.
– VAPULATE * to administer a flogging …1818
– WALE to mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash, to flog …1856 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WARM to beat, to thrash, to flog …1824 Eng. dial.
– WHALE to mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash, to flog, to hit, to trounce …1856 Sc.
– WHEAL to mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash, to flog …1856 Eng. dial.
– YANK to strike sharply with the end of a whip-lash; to flog; to thrash …1889 Eng. dial.
– YARK † to strike hard, esp. with a rod or whip; to beat, to thrash, to flog, to lash; to drive with a whip …c1520 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YERK † to strike smartly, esp. with a rod or whip; to beat, to thrash, to flog, to lash, to stab; to drive with a whip …c1520 obs. exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
 
FLOGGED – adjectives
– BUTTERED whipped, flogged …M19 US sl.
flogged – verbs 
– HAVE SALT EEL FOR SUPPER to be flogged …E17 sl.
– HUG THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER † to be flogged …19C nautical sl. (gunner’s daughter = a cannon)
– KISS THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER † to be flogged …1785 nautical sl. (gunner’s daughter = a cannon)
– MARRY THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER † to be flogged …1821 nautical sl. (gunner’s daughter = a cannon)
 
FLOGGER – person
– YERKER a kicker; a flogger …1664
 
FLOGGING – adjectives
– BACULINE pert. to the rod or to punishment by caning or flogging …1710
– VAPULARY * pert. to flogging …1864
– VAPULATORY * relating to flogging …1886
– VERBERATIVE addicted to the practice of flogging …1866
flogging – nouns
– ASH BEANS AND LONG OATS a beating; a flogging …M19 sl.
– BACK RATIONS a flogging …1830 US nautical sl.
– BALASING a beating, a flogging …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BOB a flogging of fifty lashes …Bk1945 Aust.
– BOTANY BAY DOZEN a flogging of twenty-five lashes …Bk1945 Aust.
– BULL a flogging of seventy-five lashes …Bk1945 Aust.
– BULLDOSE, BULLDOZE a severe flogging …M19 US sl.
– CANARY a flogging of one hundred lashes …Bk1945 Aust.
– DOMINO the last lash in a flogging …Bk1945 Aust.
– GUNNER’S DAUGHTER the gun to which seamen were lashed to be flogged …Bk1897
– HAZEL-BROTH a flogging with a hazel stick …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HAZELING a beating, a thrashing, a flogging …1863 Eng. dial.
– HAZEL OIL a beating or flogging with a hazel stick …c1678
– HICKORY OIL a beating or flogging with a hickory stick …1894
– JACKETING a beating, a thrashing, a flogging …1851
– JACK KETCH’S CERTIFICATE a judicial flogging …E19 sl.
– KANGING a severe flogging …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LACING a beating; a flogging …L17 colloq.
– LARRUPING a beating, a thrashing, a flogging; a whipping; a tongue-lashing, a scolding …1838 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– LASH, THE the punishment of flogging …1694
– LEATHERING a flogging, a beating …1791 colloq.
– MARKET LASH † a public flogging … 1628
– OATS a beating; a flogging …M19 sl.
– OIL OF BASTON a beating or flogging …1608
– OIL OF BIRCH a beating or flogging with a birch rod; a whipping …1828
– OIL OF HOLLY a beating or flogging with a holly stick …1608
– OIL OF WHIP a beating or flogging; a whipping …1693
– PAM-PAM a flogging …1943 W. Indies sl.
– QUILTING a flogging …1836
– RIDGILING a beating, a flogging; a scolding …1896 Eng. dial.
– SALT EEL † a rope’s end used for flogging …1663
– STANICKY a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STIRRUP-OIL a beating or flogging …L18 sl.
– STONACHY a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STONAKER a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STONIEKY a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STONIKEY a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STONNICKY a flogging …L18 possible naval usage
– STRAP-OIL a beating or flogging…19C jocular
– TESTER a flogging of twenty-five lashes …Bk1945 Aust.
– TITCH a flogging …M19 sl.
– VAPULATION * a beating or flogging …Bk1656
– VERBERATION the act of beating or striking so as to cause pain or hurt; esp. flogging or scourging; also, a blow or stroke …c1730
– WHIP-BROTH † a ‘taste of the whip’ a flogging …1615 humorous
– YACK a smart blow or stroke; a heavy thump; a flogging; a stab …1856 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YARK † a smart blow or stroke, as of a whip or rod, or of a heaving body falling; a flogging; a lash, also, the sound of such a blow; the crack of a whip; a thud …1509 obs. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YERK † a smart blow or stroke, as of a whip or rod, or of a heaving body falling; a lash, also, the sound of such a blow; the crack of a whip; a heavy thump, a thud; a flogging; a stab …1509 obs. Sc. & Eng. dial.
– YETHERING a beating, a thrashing, a flogging …1822 Sc. & Eng. dial.
flogging – verbs
– DRINK UP ON THE WHIP † to have a ‘taste’ of the whip, to get a flogging …1576
– LICK ON THE WHIP † to have a ‘taste’ of the whip, to get a flogging …a1500
flogging – phrases
– KISS THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER to be tied to a gun for a flogging
 
FLOOD – adjectives
– BIG of a river or water: swollen, in flood …1890 Eng. dial.
– HASHING wasteful, destructive; overflowing, as of a flood …1812 Sc.
flood – nouns 
– BIG TIDE a flood …1969 Amer. dial.
– BIG WATER a flood …1970 Amer. dial.
– BRACK a sudden fall of earth or snow on a slope; a flood from a thaw; a sudden and heavy fall of rain …Bk1911 Sc.
– BRASH a great or unusual number coming in rapid succession; a rush, a flood …1921 Amer. dial.
– CATACLYSM a great and general flood of water; a deluge …1637
– HEAD RISE a flash flood …1944 Amer. dial.
– HEADWATER flood-water …1968 Amer. dial.
– LAND-SHUT a flood …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAND-WATERS rivers overflowing and flooding the land …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– RAISE a rise in the level of a stream; a flood …1927 Amer. dial.
– REE † a river; a flood …1721 Eng. dial.
– REG a land-flood …1888 Eng. dial.
– SUDS † flood-water; the water of the fens; water mixed with drift-sand and mud; drift-sand left by a flood …1599
flood – verbs
– DILUVIATE † to run as a flood; to cause an inundation …1599
– DOUCHE OUT as a prank, to flood the floor of a room by pouring buckets of water under the crack of the door …1967 US sl.
– SAIL to be covered over with liquid, to be swimming or awash; to be in flood …1718 Sc.
 
FLOOR – nouns
– DECK the floor, the ground …M19 sl., orig. US
– MRS. THE a floor; the floor …1992 UK rhyming sl. (Mrs. More)
– MRS. MORE a floor; the floor …1992 UK rhyming sl.
– OCEAN FLOOR the floor …1900s Aust. rhyming sl.
– RORY O’MORE a floor …B1900 rhyming sl.
– TABULATION †* a fastening together of planks or boards, a making a floor …1658
– THIRDY a third floor …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
floor – verbs 
– BERTH † to place or lay a floor …1736 Eng. dial.
– TABULATE †* to board a floor or other place; to make thing of boards …1656
 
FLOP – verbs
– LOP DOWN to flop down; to lie down and rest; to sit down …1822 Amer. dial.
– WHAP OVER to collapse, to tumble, to flop …1843 Amer. dial.
– WHOP OVER to collapse, to tumble, to flop …1841 Amer. dial.
 
FLORID – adjectives
– TAFFETA florid, bombastic; over-dressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious …1588
– TAFFETY florid, bombastic; over-dressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious, particular …1719
– TIFFETY-TAFFETY † florid, bombastic; overdressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious …1595 nonce word
 
FLORIDA – nouns
– BOTTOM a nickname for Miami, Florida …1991 US sl.
Florida – person 
– ALLIGATOR a native of Florida …L19 US sl.
– BOGUE a native or resident of Florida …1826 Amer. dial.
– CONCH a poor White native of the Florida Keys …M19 US sl.
– CORNCRACKER a native of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Virginia …M19 US sl.
– CRACKER a resident of Florida …1937 Amer. dial.
– DOMINICKES a person of Black and White ancestry who is native to the Ponce de Leon, Florida area …1860s US Black
– FLY-UP-THE-CREEK a resident of Florida …1937 Amer. dial.
– GATOR an inhabitant of Florida …1963 US sl.
 
FLORIN – nouns
– SCOTCHMAN a florin …Bk1892 S. Afr. sl.
 
FLOUNCE (trimming) – nouns
– CALF-TRINNELS the ruffles on a shirt or the flounces on a gown …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– CALF-TRUNDLES the ruffles on a shirt or the flounces on a gown …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– FABALA † a flounce, trimming, furbelow …c1800 Sc.
 
FLOUNCE, FLOUNCING – nouns
– WALLOCH a flouncing, floundering movement; a to-do, bustle, uproar ..1839 Sc. 
flounce, flouncing – verbs 
– ROUNCE * to bounce about; to flounce, to behave in an agitated, boisterous, or noisy manner …a1500 
– SASHAY to walk or go, esp. in a conspicuous, bold, or easy manner; to strut, to flounce, to saunter …1878 Amer. dial.
– SASHIATE to walk or go, esp. in a conspicuous, bold, or easy manner; to strut, to flounce, to saunter; to move briskly about …1913 Amer. dial.
 
FLOUNDER – verbs
– PLUNDER to proceed in a clumsy or heavy manner; to flounder …1912 Amer. dial.
– PLUNDER ABOUT to proceed in a clumsy or heavy manner; to flounder …1942 Amer. dial.
– TOLTER to move unsteadily; to flounder; to turn or toss about; to hobble; to walk unevenly …1529 Eng. dial.
– UNDERCUMSTUMBLE to flounder in speech …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WALLOCH to make violent heavy movements, to move clumsily and with difficulty, esp. in water or mud; to struggle, to wallow, to flounder about …1782 Sc. 
– WALLOP make violent struggling or convulsive movements; to jerk or thrash about with the limbs, to flounder …1715 Eng. dial. & colloq.
– WALLOW † to flounder in speech …a1400
– WALTER to roll to and fro; to wallow; to toss or flounder about; to lie sprawling on the ground …1714 Sc. 
 
FLOUNDERING – adjectives
– BAULTERING † moving unwieldily, floundering …a1704
floundering – nouns 
– WALLOCH a flouncing, floundering movement; a to-do, bustle, uproar ..1839 Sc. 
– WALLOP a violent, heavy, clumsy, noisy movement of the body; a plunging, floundering, lurching, etc. …1820 chiefly Sc. & colloq.
 
FLOUR – adjectives
– SILIGINEOUS * belonging to or made of fine flour …1674
flour – nouns 
– HALF-AN-HOUR flour …20C Aust. rhyming sl.
– THICKY-DUDDLE flour and water …1863 Eng. dial.
– YAG fine dust of flour or meal …Bk1905 Sc.
 
FLOURISH (embellishment) – nouns
– CURLYCUES flourishes…Bk1905 Amer. dial.
– DASH a flourish in writing …Bk1900 Sc.
– DIDO a little flourish on handwriting …1968 Amer. dial.
– DINKY-FLINK little flourishes on handwriting …1967 Amer. dial.
– ENGLISH a flourish in handwriting; a curlicue …1967 Amer. dial.
– PARAFFLE a flourish, ostentatious display, fuss …1816 Sc.
– PIGTAIL a curlicue; a little flourish on one’s handwriting or signature …1966 Amer. dial.
– QUAVER a flourish …1885 Eng. dial.
– SQUIRL a flourish in writing …c1840 colloq.
– THROW a flourish in writing …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TIRLY-WIRLY, TURLIE-WHURLIE a flourish; a fanciful decoration; a figure or ornament of any kind …1785 Sc.
– VARIORUM a flourish in handwriting; any unnecessary appendage …1864 Sc.
– WHIRLICUE a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy …1942 Amer sl.
– WHIRLIGIG a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy …1967 Amer sl.
– WHIRLIJIG. a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy …1967 Amer sl.
– WHIRLIMACUE a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy …1942 Amer sl.
– WHIRLY-CUE a curlicue; a little flourish on handwriting or one’s signature to make it look fancy …1942 Amer sl.
flourish – verbs
– DASH to flourish in writing, to make ornamental figures with a pen …Bk1900 Sc.
– PAVIE to wave about; to flourish ostentatiously …1838 Sc.
 
FLOURISHING – adjectives
– PALMY bearing or worthy to ‘bear the palm’, triumphant, flourishing, prosperous …1602
– RAFFIE of crops, animals, etc.: thriving, healthy, flourishing …1871 Sc.
– RAFFY of crops, animals, etc.: thriving, healthy, flourishing …1871 Sc.
– RANKISH †* luxuriant in growth, flourishing …1398
– REVIRESCENT growing fresh or young again; flourishing anew …1644
– THRIFTY thriving, flourishing, in good condition or health …1811 Eng. dial.
– VALENT † vigorous, flourishing …1492
– VEGETE healthy and active; flourishing in respect of health and vigour …1639
– VEGETOUS † vigorous, lively, sprightly, active, healthy, flourishing in respect of health and vigour …1609
– VERNANT † flourishing or growing in, or as in, spring …c1440 now rare or obs.
flourishing – nouns 
– EFFLORESCENCE a flourishing condition …1672
– EFFLORESCENCY †* a flourishing condition …1649
– VERDOUR † fresh greenness of vegetation; fig. fresh or flourishing condition …1447
– VERDURE fresh or flourishing condition …c1586
– VERNANCY † a flourishing state; greenness …1669
 
FLOURISHINGLY – adverbs
– VERDANTLY in a verdant manner; freshly, flourishingly …1828
 
FLOUT – verbs
– BEMOCK to mock at, to flout; to delude mockingly …1607
– DEDIGNIFY † to deprive of dignity or worthiness; to disparage, to flout …1654
– SCOOT to reject with disdain, to flout, to disparage …1827 Sc.
 
FLOW, FLOWING – adjectives
– ACCURRENT †* running or flowing into; affluent, tributary …1432-50
– DECURRENT † running or flowing down …1432-50
– EFFLUOUS † that runs or flows out …1656
– MANANT † flowing or running …1727
– RAILING † flowing …1590
– SUBTERFLUENT † flowing underneath …1755
– SUBTERFLUOUS † flowing underneath …1656
– WALLING † of the sea, waves: boiling up, raging; of water: welling up, flowing abundantly …a1300
flow, flowing – nouns
– DECURSION † the act of running, flowing, or passing downwards …c1630
– IMMANATION a flowing or entering in …a1834
– MANATION †* the act of flowing out …1656
– OBUNDATION †* a flowing against …1656
flow, flowing – verbs 
– BEFLEET † to flow round …a1300
– BEFLOW † to flow by, about, or around; to flow all over …a1000
– BERUN † to run or flow about, or over the surface of …a1000
– BLUTTER to flow unsteadily as liquid from a bottle that is very full …Bk1898 Sc.
– HALE to flow, to run down in a large stream; to pour …a1300 obs. exc. Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– LAVE of a river, a body of water: to wash against, to flow along or past …1623
– MAKE to ooze, to flow …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– QUELL to well out, to flow …1340
– SAP to flow …1860 Eng. dial.
– SCOOT to eject liquid forcibly; to squirt; to flow or gush forth …1897 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SCOUK to flow under, as a stream under a bank …Bk1904 Sc.
– WALK ON FOOT † of a stream: to flow slowly …1362
– WALL † of liquids: to bubble up; to well up, to flow abundantly; of the sea, waves: to boil up, to rage …c893
– WALT † to gush out, to pour, to flow …a1300
– WALTER † of waves: to surge or roll high; of water, etc.: to flow, to gush …a1300
– YET † to gush forth or flow in a stream, as water, tears, blood …a900 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
 
FLOWER – adjectives
– EXOLETE † of flowers, etc.: faded or withered …1730
– FLORULOUS † full of flowers, flowery; blossoming …B1900
– INNOCENT of flowers: small, pretty, unobtrusive …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LACTIFLOROUS * having flowers white like milk …1855
– MILLEFLOROUS having very numerous flowers …1856
– VAPID * of flowers: scentless …c1750
– WELK † of a flower, plant, etc.: to lose freshness or greenness; to become flaccid or dry; to wilt, to wither, to fade …c1250 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– YFLOURED † having flowers …1340
flower – nouns 
– APRIL SHOWERS flowers …20C rhyming sl.
– BAB a posy or nosegay of flowers; a tassel or bunch of ribbons …1816 Sc.
– BEE-WINE nectar of a flower …1818
– BLOSSOM BUSHES garden flowers …1917 Amer. dial.
– BOB a nosegay …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOW-POT a nosegay, a bouquet …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUTTONHOLER † a flower or small spray of flowers worn in the lapel buttonhole or on the lapel of a coat or jacket …1873
– DICKY-DAISY a children’s name for almost any wildflower, esp. the daisy, Bellis perennis …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DUST the pollen of flowers …1776
– ETERNALS everlasting flowers …1865 Eng. dial.
– EVERLASTINGS roadside flowers …1967 Amer. dial.
– FALLIE a flower; usually used in the plural …20C
– FALLY a flower; usually used in the plural …20C
– FIELD GENTRY wildflowers that grow in meadows …1969 Amer. dial.
– FLOSCLE † a flower …1599
– GUM-FLOWERS artificial flowers …1756 Sc.
– JAG the large head of a flower …1881 Eng. dial.
– OLFACTORY †* anything to smell; a posy or nosegay …1656
– POS(E)Y a flower …1882 Amer. dial.
– QUATERPETAL †* a plant whose flowers have four petals …1715
– RAMILLET †* a bouquet or nosegay of flowers …c1620
– SMELLING CHEAT † a nosegay …B1900 cant.
– SPANNISHING † the full blooming of a flower …c1400
– TAME FLOWERS a child’s word for garden flowers as distinguished from wildflowers …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TASS a large bunch; a cluster of flowers …Bk1905 Sc.
– TETTY a nosegay …1790 Eng. dial.
– TISTY-TOSTY † a bunch of flowers, a nosegay …1825 obs.
– TITTY a nosegay …1790 Eng. dial.
– TUZZY-MUZZY † a bunch or posy of flowers, a nosegay; a garland of flowers …c1440 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
flower – nouns, specific flower (also see DAISY, etc.)
– HOCKHOLLER hollyhock …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– JACK a single carnation (sold as a choice carnation) …1878 horticultural sl.
flower – person 
– ANTHOMANIAC a person who is intensely fond of flowers …1841
– GALANTHOPHILE a collector of or expert on snowdrops …1892 chiefly Brit.
flower – verbs 
– BLAW to blossom, to flower …Bk1911 Sc.
– SAB † of flowers: to droop, to become limp …1808 Sc.
 
FLOWERING – adjectives
– RARE-RIPE ripening or flowering early …1799 US
 
FLOWERY – adjectives
– GAMFERT flowery, bespangled, adorned …1825 Sc.
– GAMPHER’D of embroidery: flowery, bespangled, adorned …1825 Sc.
 
FLU – nouns
– PALOUSE LIGHTNING intestinal flu …1966 Amer. dial.
 
FLUCTUATE – verbs
– BELLWAVER to fluctuate, to waver, to vacillate, to be inconstant …1820 Sc.
– BE UP AND DOWN LIKE A BRIDE’S NIGHTIE to rise and fall quickly or repeatedly; to fluctuate rapidly …1985
– CHOP AND CHANGE to vary continuously, to fluctuate …1557
– WHIFFET to veer, waver, fluctuate; to cause smoke, etc. to wave or fluctuate …1896 Eng. dial. (dialect)
 
FLUCTUATION – nouns
– BLIP a minor fluctuation, usually upward, in the stock market or other measures of corporate fortunes …1988 US sl.
 
FLUENCY – nouns
– CHAT verbal skills, fluency, articulacy, the ability to charm a victim with words alone …1940s sl.
– DISERTITUDE †* eloquence, fluency …1656
– MEDICINE TONGUE gift of gab, fluency …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
FLUENT – adjectives
– FACUNDIOUS † of persons: gifted with fluent speech; eloquent, glib; of speech: copious, fluent …1430
– GABBIE garrulous, chatty, talkative; fluent in speech …1719 Sc.
– GABBY garrulous, chatty, talkative; fluent in speech …1719 Sc.
– HAND-PAT ready at hand, convenient; off-hand, fluent …1897 Eng. dial.
– KITTLE-TONGUED fluent, given to falsehoods …B1900 Eng. dial.
– PAT fit, proper, appropriate; ready, fluent, perfect, accurate …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PAT-OFF fit, proper, appropriate; ready, fluent, perfect, accurate …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– RENABLE talkative; ready of speech, fluent …1781 Eng. dial.
– SUGARED † of the tongue, mouth, lips: with reference to eloquence or tone, eloquent, fluent …c1440
– WORD-FLOWING † fluent in speech …1681
fluent – person
– BLETHERBAG a fluent, foolish talker …1870 Sc.
– MAMBLER †* an incessant or fluent speaker …a1400
– WABBLER a fluent speaker; a chattering fool …Bk1904 sl.
fluent – verbs 
– TALK UP A BREEZE to talk in a fluent, persuasive manner …1940s sl.
 
FLUENTLY – adverbs
– GASH fluently, loquaciously …1721 Sc.
– GASHLY fluently, loquaciously …a1774 Sc.
– RANNILY fluently, readily, without hesitation …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RENABLE fluently, easily to be understood …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– RID readily, fluently …1790 Sc.
 
FLUFF – nouns
– GULLY-FLUFF the fluff, dirt, etc., which accumulates in the pockets …B1900 colloq.
– OODER the fluff from wool, cotton, etc. when it begins to fray …1825 Sc.
– OOSE dust, fluff …Sc.
– OOTHER the fluff from wool, cotton, etc. when it begins to fray …1825 Sc.
– SLUT’S WOOL fluff, dust, etc., left to accumulate under beds etc. through slovenly cleaning
 
FLUFFY – adjectives
– FURZY fuzzy, fluffy …1720
– OODERIE fluffy, like fluff, shaggy …1942 Sc.
– OUTHERY fluffy, like fluff, shaggy …1942 Sc.
fluffy – nouns
– DAWN the first feathering of young birds; the hair as it first shows itself on the human face; the soft feathery hairs of some seeds; anything fluffy …1890 Eng. dial.
fluffy – verbs
– FUR UP † to become fluffy …1825
 
FLUMMMOXED – phrases
– I DON’T KNOW IF MY ARSEHOLE IS BORED OR PUNCHED I am flummoxed, at a loss, too busy to think straight …E20 sl.
 
FLURRIED – verbs
– BE IN MUCK-SWEAT to be flurried or flustered …20C Brit. sl.
 
FLURRY – nouns
– CONFLOPTION a great flurry, confusion, panic, fluster …19C Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– FLUSTRATION confusion; bustle; excitement; flurry …c1740 sl.
– HUBBISTEW a hubbub, stir, tumult; a flurry, excitement …1898 Sc.
– PANSHINE a flurry, a to-do, a state of excitement, a panic or muddle …a1838 Sc.
– PANSHIT a flurry, a to-do, a state of excitement, a panic or muddle …a1838 Sc.
– PAUCHLE a state of confusion, a flurry, a disorganized state of affairs …1958 Sc.
– SCAD a hurry, flurry, fluster, haste, a bustling crowd …1897 Sc.
– WAFF a slight amount of something blown about by the wind, as snow or smoke, a puff, a flurry …c1860 Sc.
– WAFFLE a slight fall or flurry of snow …1825 Sc.
– WALLOP a fast pace; a flurry; a quick movement, esp. with one’s clothes fluttering about one …1825 Sc. 
– YAGGERMENT a state of excitement, a flurry, a pother, agitation …1830 Sc.
– YAGIMENT a state of excitement, a flurry, a pother, agitation …1830 Sc.
 
FLUSH – nouns
– GLOSSINS flushings in the face …1825 Sc.
 
FLUSHED – adjectives
– RUBICUND of the face: reddish, flushed, especially as the result of good living; having a highly coloured complexion; red-faced …1696
 
FLUSTER – nouns
– CONFLOPTION a great flurry, confusion, panic, fluster …19C Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– PANDIRT a state of excitement, fluster …1898 Sc.
– PANSH a state of excitement or fluster …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– QUILTER a flutter, fluster; agitation of mind …1873 Eng. dial.
– SCAD a hurry, bustle; agitation, fluster …1897 Sc.
– TAKE a state of excitement, grief, fluster, etc. …1896 Sc.
– TANTRUM a foolish fancy; a whim, vagary; a fluster …1824 Sc. & Eng. dial.
fluster – verbs 
– CADDLE to hurry, to fluster …1880 Eng. dial.
– HASTER to hurry, to drive to work; to fluster …1805 Sc.
– HASTHER to hurry, to drive to work; to fluster …1805 Sc.
 
FLUSTERED – adjectives
– HACKED embarrassed, annoyed, cowed, flustered …1892 Amer. dial.
– HACKED OFF embarrassed, cowed, flustered …1970 Amer. sl.
– SAWED embarrassed, confused, flustered …1843 Amer. dial.
– TAVUS easily excited and flustered …1860 Eng. dial.
flustered – person
– WINGNUT a person who is easily angered or flustered …1990 US sl.
flustered – verbs 
– BE IN MUCK-SWEAT to be flurried or flustered …20C Brit. sl.
– DO IN THE BLOCK to become flustered, excited or angry; to lose confidence …1916 sl.
– FLAP to be or become agitated or flustered; to panic …1912 sl.
– LOSE THE BLOCK to become flustered, excited or angry; to lose confidence …1916 sl.
 
FLUTE – nouns
– AIREL † an old name for a flute; properly applied to a pipe made from a reed …Bk1898 Sc.
– TIBICINATION a playing on a pipe …1658
– TOODLE-LOODLE an imitation of the sound of a bagpipe or flute …1542
– TOODLE-TOODLE † an imitation of the sound of a bagpipe or flute …a1566
– WAITS † wind instruments, either hautboys (oboes), flutes, or shawms (forerunner of the oboe) …1530
flute – person 
– TIBICEN a flute-player …1776 Antiq.
– TIBICINIST a flute-player …1846
– WAIT † a player on the flute, trumpet, etc. …1510
flute – verbs
– TIBICINATE to play on the tibia (an ancient flute) …1656
 
FLUTTER – nouns
– HATTER a state of agitation; a flutter, a fuss …a1917 Sc.
– QUILTER a flutter, fluster; agitation of mind …1873 Eng. dial.
– WAFF a flapping, waving movement; a flutter …1766 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
flutter – verbs 
– BATE † to flutter, to struggle; to be restless or impatient …1592
– FAN † of a bird: to flutter …c1400
– FEAK to flutter, to be officiously busy about trifles, to be idle, to fidget; to be uneasy or anxious …1775 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– QUILTER to flutter …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SKIMMER to flutter, to move rapidly; to frisk about lightly …1824
– TATTERWALLOP to hang or flutter in rags …1866 Sc.
– VAVEL to flutter to and fro in the wind; to flap …1866 Sc.
– VLUCKER to flutter, to fly about …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WAFF to flutter, to flap, to sway from side to side …1813 Sc.
– WAFFLE to wave about, to waver in the air, to flap, to flutter …1825 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WAGTAIL † to flutter …1606
– WALLOP to move to and fro, to wave, to flap, to dangle, to flutter, to swing or shake …1822 Sc. 
– WAMFLE to go about with flapping garments; of garments, etc.: to flap, to flutter in the wind …1808 Sc.
 
FLUTTERING – adjectives
– VENTILOUS † fluttering, flickering, unsteady …1483
fluttering – adverbs 
– WALLOP with a quick, fluttering motion; with a lurch or plunge; in a heap …1885 Sc.
fluttering – nouns 
– WALLOP the act of dangling loose; the act of fluttering …Bk1905 Sc.
 
FLY (insect) – adjectives
– TARE of flies: eager, restless, troublesome …1881 Eng. dial.
fly (insect) – nouns 
– ADDER a dragonfly or large fly …Bk1898 Eng. dial. 
– AUSSIE SALUTE the flapping away of ever-present flies from one’s face …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– AUSTRALIAN SALUTE a hand movement brushing flies away from the face …1972 Aust. sl.
– BEE a fly; a wasp …1870 Eng. dial.
– BLOWIE a blowfly …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– BULLDOG a horsefly …1893 Amer. dial.
– BULLDOG FLY a horsefly …1893 Amer. dial.
– BUTCHER’S CANARY a blowfly …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– CATCH-‘EM-ALIVE-O fly-paper for catching flies …1855 sl.
– FARE † a swarm of flies …c1205
– LOUIE a fly …1960s Aust. sl.
– MARSH-BRIAR the horsefly …1885 Eng. dial.
– MATILOT the common housefly, Musca domestica …Bk1905 Sc.
– MATLO the common housefly, Musca domestica …Bk1905 Sc.
– MIDGE the common housefly …1899 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– NELLIE a fly …1910s rhyming sl. (Nellie Bligh)
– NELLIE BLIGH a fly …1910s rhyming sl.
– NELLY a fly …1910s rhyming sl. (Nelly Bligh)
– NELLY BLIGH a fly …1910s rhyming sl.
– NELLY BLY a fly …1910s rhyming sl.
– OLD MAID a horse-fly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SANDIES sand flies …1980s Aust. sl.
– STICKY PAPER flypaper …1851
 
FLY (flight) – verbs
– ABVOLATE † to fly away …Bk1626
– CAIL ALONG to fly low …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– FLIGHT to fly, migrate, as birds …Bk 1913 Amer. dial.
– OBVOLATE †* to fly against …1656
– PAFFLE to fly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– RANDON †* to fly at random …1602
– SKIRL to fly with a sweeping or whirling motion …1859
– TO-FLY † to fly in different directions, to be dispersed in flight; also, to fly to pieces, to be shattered …c1000
– VLUCKER to flutter, to fly about …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
FLYING – adjectives
– HAUTAIN † high-flying …c1385
– RALING †* flying away, straying …1618
flying – nouns
– ABVOLATION † a flying away …Bk1676
– ADVOLATION † a flying towards …1731
– OBVOLATION † a flying against …1658
 
FLYING (aircraft) – adjectives  (also see AIRCRAFT and AVIATION)
– AIR-MINDED enthusiastic over aviation …Bk1934 sl.
– ON THE CARPET at ground level, or very near it …1918 Royal Air Force sl.
– UPSTAIRS in flight …World War I Amer. sl.
flying (aircraft) – nouns
– BRADSHAW following a railway line in flying …1946 Royal Air Force sl.
– BUZZ JOB an instance of flying very low so as to frighten or impress persons on the ground …1943 Amer. aviation usage
– FLAT-HATTING flying an airplane low and recklessly …Bk2006 US sl.
– SNEAKY PETE an unannounced in-flight examination by a crew that boards the plane just before take-off …1963 US sl.
flying (aircraft) – person
– AIR HOG one who flies at every opportunity …World War II Amer. sl.
– BARNSTORMER an itinerant flyer who appears at fairs and racetracks putting on flying and aerobatic displays …1928 US
– FISH a man who is afraid to fly in an airplane …Amer. World War I sl.
– WHITE-KNUCKLER a person with an extreme fear of flying; a tense or anxious person …1972 colloq.
flying (aircraft) – verbs 
– AERO to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– AVIATE to navigate the air in an aeroplane; to fly …1900
– AVIGATE to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BUILD A WOODEN HORSE to make an imperfect landing …World War II Amer. sl.
– BUS A TOWN to fly low near a town …World War II Amer. sl.
– BUZZ to fly a plane very low over a building, field, etc….1944 Amer. sl.
– CRAB THE WIND of aircraft: to fly side-wise …Bk1934 sl.
– FLY CHINESE to fly an airplane without being able to maintain horizontal stability …1941 Amer. aviation jocular
– FLY WITH ONE’S ASS of an aviator: to fly by relying on luck and one’s own experience, rather than on charts or instruments …1977 Amer. sl.
– GO ALOFT to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GO FOR A FLY to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– GO UPSTAIRS to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– HOP to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– HOP A PLANE to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– JOYHOP to take a flight for pleasure …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– LINDY to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– LINDY-HOP to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– PLANE to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– PLANE-HOP to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– RIDE THE SKIES to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SKY to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SPLITASS to do stunt flying; to fly in a reckless manner …Amer. World War I sl.
– TAKE A HOP to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TAKE THE AIR to travel in an airplane …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
FLY-SWATTER – nouns
– FLY PADDLE a fly-swatter …1967 Amer. dial.