From Middle English, from Old English flīema (“fugitive, exile, outlaw”).
fleme (plural flemes)
- (obsolete) One who is banished; an exile; outcast; fugitive.
From Middle English flemen, from Old English flȳman, flīeman (“to put to flight, drive away, banish”), from flēam (“flight”).
fleme (third-person singular simple present flemes, present participle fleming, simple past and past participle flemed)
- (obsolete) To drive away, chase off; to banish.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, Bk.IX, Ch.xxxviij:
- Sir kynge, ye ded a fowle shame whan ye flemyd Sir Trystram oute of thys contrey, for ye nedid nat to have doughted no knyght and he had bene here.