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water wings

noun, (used with a plural verb)
an inflatable contrivance shaped like a pair of wings, usually worn under the arms to keep the body afloat while one swims or learns to swim.
Origin of water wings
First recorded in 1900-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for water wings
Historical Examples
  • This is sometimes accomplished by the use of a swimming raft or water wings.

  • What I needed more than a tin derby was a pair of water wings.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • It seems unreasonable to give an animal that lives in the water wings, which seemingly can be of no use to it.

    The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper
  • She looked like a Kewpie in her abbreviated bathing suit, with water wings fastened to her back.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for water wings

water wings

plural noun
an inflatable rubber device shaped like a pair of wings, which is placed round the front of the body and under the arms of a person learning to swim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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