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From Middle English flameng, from late Old English Flæmingi, from Old Norse Flǽmingr, Middle Dutch Vlaminc, Vleminc, from Old Frisian (unattested) (compare West Frisian Flaming), from Proto-Germanic *flaumaz (flowing, current (water)) and the patronymic suffix *-ingaz (belonging to, descended from). More at Flanders.


  • IPA(key): /ˈflɛmɪŋ/
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Fleming (plural Flemings)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Flanders in Belgium.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC:
      , Episode 12, The Cyclops
      --And our eyes are on Europe, says the citizen. We had our trade with Spain and the French and with the Flemings before those mongrels were pupped, Spanish ale in Galway, the winebark on the winedark waterway.

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  1. An English surname transferred from the nickname.
    Ian Fleming, English writer.
    Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist.
  2. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A town and locality in the Northern Territory, Australia.
  4. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  5. A neighbourhood of Alexandria, Egypt.
  6. A neighbourhood of Rome, Italy.
  7. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A statutory town in Logan County, Colorado.
    2. An unincorporated community in Liberty County, Georgia.
    3. An unincorporated community in Redding Township, Jackson County, Indiana.
    4. An unincorporated community in Crawford County, Kansas.
    5. A tiny city in Ray County, Missouri; suburb of Kansas City.
    6. A town and hamlet in Cayuga County, New York.
    7. A small unincorporated community in Washington County, Ohio.

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  • Fleming”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.