wing·​man ˈwiŋ-mən How to pronounce wingman (audio)
: a pilot who flies behind and outside the leader of a flying formation
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
: winger

Examples of wingman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while that may look like wingman behavior to humans, among piping plovers, the message is different. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2024 Rodolfo's wingman, the artist Marcello (baritone Brian Major) has a passionate if stormy romance with Musetta (spinto-soprano Kelebogile Besong). Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2024 By the end of the video, the duo is confronted by the wingman, who shoots at Bizarrap. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 Kant, Fichte, and Hegel were all world-historic moral weirdos; Kant was famously celibate, but Schelling, with Goethe as his wingman, ended up stealing Schlegel’s wife. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 At other moments, Britain plays the role of America’s ready wingman. Mark Landler, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Captain Pardo told his wingman to shut down his engines and carefully made contact with the tail hook using his own plane’s windshield. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 His wingman, Jalen Williams, scored 20 points for Oklahoma City before exiting with an apparent ankle injury with a minute to play. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 29 Jan. 2024 Taylor and his wingman began strafing the surrounding enemies with rockets and mini-gun fire, keeping up their attack runs for 35 minutes. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wingman was in 1942

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“Wingman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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