Flail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fleɪl|  American pronunciation of the word flail
Brit.  |fleɪl|  British pronunciation of the word flail


- an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing


- give a thrashing to; beat hard (syn: lam, thrash, thresh)
- move like a flail; thresh about(syn: thresh)


They were flailing their arms to drive away the insects.

The wounded animal lay on the ground, flailing helplessly.

He was wildly flailing about on the dance floor.

The bird's wings flailed the water.

He flailed wildly as she tried to hold him down.

James flailed about in the shallow water.

Her arms were flailing

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flail
he/she/it: flails
present participle: flailing
past tense: flailed
past participle: flailed
singular: flail
plural: flails
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