or wing man

[ wing-man ]
/ ˈwɪŋˌmæn /


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.
  1. a man who helps, protects, or guides a friend or associate: the CEO’s troubleshooting wingman.
  2. 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.
Sports. winger(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. winged victory,
  2. winger,
  3. wingless,
  4. winglet,
  5. winglike,
  6. wingnut,
  7. wingover,
  8. wings,
  9. wings of the dove, the,
  10. wingspan

Origin of wingman

First recorded in 1940–45; wing + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for wingman


/ (ˈwɪŋmæn) /

noun plural -men

a player in the wing position in Australian Rules
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wingman



pilot of the plane beside the lead aircraft in a formation, 1943 (earlier as a football position), from wing (n.) + man (n.). With figurative extensions, including the dating-sidekick one that was in use by 2006.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper