From Middle English fleynge, fleeʒinge, flihinde, vlyinde, vleoinde, flyand,
ffleghand, flighand (also fleoninde, fleonninde, etc.), from Old English flēogende, from Proto-Germanic *fleugandz (“flying”), present participle of Proto-Germanic *fleuganą (“to fly”), equivalent to fly + -ing. Cognate with Saterland Frisian fljoogend (“flying”), West Frisian fleanend (“flying”), Dutch vliegend (“flying”), German Low German flegend (“flying”), German fliegend (“flying”), Danish flyvende (“flying”), Swedish flygande (“flying”), Icelandic fljúgandi (“flying”).
flying (not comparable)
- That can fly.
- Brief or hurried.
- (nautical, of a sail) Not secured by yards.
- present participle of fly
From Middle English flyinge, fleyng, fleyinge, fleynge, fleghyng, fleiʒeyng, flyeghynge, equivalent to fly + -ing. Cognate with Danish flyvning (“flying”), Swedish flygning (“flying”), Norwegian flyvning, flygning, flyging, flying (“flying”).
flying (countable and uncountable, plural flyings)
- (countable) An act of flight.
- (uncountable) The action or process of sustained motion through the air.