water wings

noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for water wings

Historical Examples of water wings

  • These water-wings take up no more room than a pocket-handkerchief.

    The Bradys After a Chinese Princess

    Francis Worcester Doughty

  • In this manner the three swimmers towed to shore those who had ventured too far on the water-wings.

  • Screepers, Riggy, what do you think the perfectly good pair of water-wings in your case is for?

    The Trap

    Betsy Curtis

  • You didn't see any water-wings or life-preservers floating around, did you?

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for water wings

water wings

pl n
  1. 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
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