or wing man

[ wing-man ]

  1. Air Force. a pilot in a plane that flies just outside and behind the right wing of the leading aircraft in a flight formation, in order to provide protective support.

  2. Slang.

    • a man who helps, protects, or guides a friend or associate: the CEO’s troubleshooting wingman.

    • a man who helps a friend with romantic relationships, especially one who helps the friend attract a woman: When I walked into the bar, my wingman was already there, talking to two women.

  1. Sports. winger (def. 1).

Origin of wingman

First recorded in 1940–45; wing + man

Words Nearby wingman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use wingman in a sentence

  • He was my wingman, we were both shot down on the same mission and were together in prison camp.

  • When you were flying, your wingman was supposed to protect you from an attack from behind.

  • Our flight was usually Tilsen leading with his wingman and I with my wingman.

  • Bruce and I had recuperated from the night before and he was flying as my wingman.

  • Roger threw a perfect block on his opposing wingman and the two boys went down in a heap.

    The Space Pioneers | Carey Rockwell

British Dictionary definitions for wingman


/ (ˈwɪŋmæn) /

nounplural -men
  1. a player in the wing position in Australian Rules

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