from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pilot whose plane is positioned behind and outside the leader in a formation of flying aircraft.
  • noun Slang A person who helps, guides, or supports another, especially one who assists a friend in trying to seduce another person.
  • noun Sports A player, such as a winger, who plays near the side of a field or court.

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  • noun A pilot partner of another, a pilot who flies in the same wing or squadron.
  • noun by extension a friend who accompanies one to offer (or receive) support

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation


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  • at the bar, the wingman provides support by telling ladies what an awesome guy you are, and intercepting the lady's friends who interfere with a pick-up attempt.

    June 15, 2013