wing nut

or wing·nut



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

Nearby words

  1. wing dam,
  2. wing flat,
  3. wing formula,
  4. wing it,
  5. wing loading,
  6. wing shooting,
  7. wing shot,
  8. wing skid,
  9. wing tip,
  10. wing-case

Origin of wing nut

First recorded in 1895–1900

Also called butterfly nut, thumbnut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for wing nut

wing nut


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