wingman

noun wing·man \ ˈwiŋ-mən , -ˌman \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of wingman

1 a : a pilot who flies behind and outside the leader of a flying formation
b informal : a male friend or partner who accompanies and supports a man in some activity
  • While guys find large groups of women intimidating, they think just a few together is the most inviting. If you hang out with a couple of friends, a guy would be able to approach you with a couple of his friends (i.e., wingmen), which would take the pressure off.
  • Cosmopolitan
2 : winger

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First Known Use of wingman

1942

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of wingman for English Language Learners

  • : a pilot or airplane that flies behind and outside the leader of a group of airplanes in order to provide support or protection


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