wing nut

or wingnut

  1. a nut having two flat, widely projecting pieces such that it can be readily tightened with the thumb and forefinger.

Origin of wing nut

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby wing nut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use wing nut in a sentence

  • Their job is made easier by wing nut media heroes and even members of Congress who give comfort to their conspiracy theories.

  • The braces were removable, and Mac had loosened a single wing-nut to let the brace swing loose when he heard Johnny Ruiz's answer.

    Tight Squeeze | Dean Charles Ing
  • A handle taken from a worn-out faucet, drilled out and threaded for a bolt, makes a good wing nut.

  • This wire, when hooked into the wing nut, will enable one to wind up the film at a fairly uniform speed.

  • This is to take the place of a tripod, and it must have a small hole and suitable wing nut to attach the camera near the center.

  • “Close those shutters and screw down the wing-nut hard,” he said, hanging the lamp close beside the door.

    Lorimer of the Northwest | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for wing nut

wing nut

  1. a threaded nut tightened by hand by means of two flat lugs or wings projecting from the central body: Also called: butterfly nut

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