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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.


Fleming (plural Flemings)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Flanders in Belgium.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      , 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.
  2. an unincorporated community in Redding Township, Jackson County, Indiana, United States

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  1. An English surname​.
    Ian Fleming, English writer.
    Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist.
  2. (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A town in Colorado.
  4. A city in Missouri.
  5. A town and hamlet in New York.
  6. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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  • Fleming at OneLook Dictionary Search