from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A press agent; a publicist.
- intransitive v. To act as a press agent: flacking for a movie studio.
- transitive v. To act as a press agent for; promote: authors who tour the country flacking their books.
- n. Variant of flak.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To flutter; palpitate.
- v. To hang loosely; flag.
- v. To beat by flapping.
- n. a publicist, a publicity agent
- v. to publicise, to promote
- n. Alternative spelling of flak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To flutter; palpitate.
- To hang loosely; flag.
- To beat by flapping.
- n. A blow; a stroke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
- n. intense adverse criticism
- n. a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flacken ("to palpitate, flutter"), akin to Middle Dutch vlacken ("to flicker, flash, sparkle"), Danish flakke ("to wander"), Swedish flacka ("to rove, rove about, ramble"), Icelandic flakka ("to move"). Compare also Icelandic flaka ("to flap, hang loose"), Swedish flaxa ("to flap, flutter"). (Wiktionary)
Variant of flak. (Wiktionary)