Flier and flyer are two versions of the same noun that refers to a leaflet or to a person or thing that flies. They are often used interchangeably, but there is a common distinction:
Flier is generally used to describe someone or something that flies.
Flyer is generally used to describe a brochure or advertising leaflet.
However, different style guides give different opinions on the matter. If you’re not following a specific style guide, use “flyer” for a leaflet and “flyer” or “flier” for someone or something that flies.
Examples: Flier in a sentence
Examples: Flyer in a sentence
Rogan saves frequent flier miles because of his business trips.
The flyer advertised a neighborhood block party this weekend.
The superhero soared through the sky like a fearless flier.
She handed out flyers promoting her art exhibition at the local gallery.
The dragonfly is an agile flier.
A colorfulflyer announced the upcoming school fundraiser.
Highflier is a term for someone who’s ambitious or has a lot of potential or for a stock with a rapidly increasing price. “Highflier” can also be spelled “high flier,” “highflyer,” and “high flyer.”
Examples: Highflier (or highflyer) in a sentence Jody regretted her investment because the stock didn’t turn out to be a highflier.
My best friend has always been a highflier, and she’s likely to achieve a lot in life!
Take a flyer or take a flier
The expression take a flier means “take a risk.” In this context, the noun is most commonly spelled “flier,” not “flyer.” This version is also favored by AP style.
Examples: Take a flier in a sentence Sam took a flier when she invested her money in crypto currency.
Changing jobs is always scary, but I’ll take a flier on it.
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Both frequent flier and frequent flyer can be used to describe someone who flies often. Even though flier and flyer are often used interchangeably, most language authorities favor “flier” to refer to someone who flies.