From Middle English flye, flie, from Old English flȳġe, flēoge, from Proto-Germanic *fleugǭ ("a fly"), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- ("to fly"). Cognate with Scots flee, Saterland Frisian Fljooge, Dutch vlieg, German Low German Fleeg, German Fliege, Danish flue, Norwegian Bokmål flue, Norwegian Nynorsk fluge, Swedish fluga, Icelandic fluga.
From Middle English flien, from Old English flēogan, from Proto-Germanic *fleuganą (compare Saterland Frisian fljooge, Dutch vliegen, Low German flegen, German fliegen, Danish flyve, Norwegian Nynorsk flyga), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- ("to fly") (compare Lithuanian plaukti ‘to swim’), enlargement of *plew-. More at flee and flow.
Origin uncertain; probably from the verb or noun.
Related to German Flügel ("a wing"), Dutch vleugel ("a wing"), Swedish flygel ("a wing").
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