The Oxford dictionary says

far-off adjective /ˈfɑːr ɒf/ /ˈfɑːr ɔːf/ [only before noun] ​a long distance away

far-flung adjective /ˌfɑː ˈflʌŋ/ /ˌfɑːr ˈflʌŋ/ [usually before noun] (literary) ​a long distance away

So both "far-flung" and "far-off" mean "a long distance away".

Is there any difference between "She lives on a far-flung land" and "She lives on a far-off land"?


First of all, when 'land' refers to a country, we say that a person lives 'in' that land, not 'on' it.

To be honest, both 'far-away land' and 'far-flung land' are pretty much interchangeable. I should note that both are very non-specific, and are not likely to be used in a serious piece of writing. These days, you are more likely to only hear such terms in fantasy fiction. In a serious piece of writing you are more likely to see remote places referred to as "distant lands".

There is also something quite dismissive about these terms, and I don't think that people would call a place "a far-flung land" if they could instead just name it. A common phrase that comes to mind is "the far-flung corners of the earth", which I suspect comes from the western world as it seems to suggest a starting point from which the rest of the world is measured. It could even be considered offensive to natives of a country to call it such.

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    +1 "Far flung corners" even suggests old rectangular maps of the "known world". Jan 10 at 15:38

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