Share this entry


Synonyms of wing in English:


  • 1 a bird's wings
  • 2 the east wing of the house
    part, section, side;
  • 3 the radical wing of the party
    faction, camp, arm, branch, group, section, set, coterie, cabal;
    side, end
  • verb

    Back to top  
  • 1 a seagull winged its way over the sea
    fly, glide, soar
  • 2 the bomb winged past
    hurtle, speed, shoot, whiz, zoom, streak, fly
  • 3 the hunter only winged the hawk
    wound, graze, hit
  • Reflections


    This lovely word is specific to the hawk: it means 'to turn once or twice on the wing before attacking.' I like it for its sound—can-sah-leer—but also for all the work that little word performs. One pictures the hawk in the air, sturdy, graceful, circling, then swooping down with fierce purpose. Canceleer can be both noun and verb, and wouldn’t it be nice to use it metaphorically, to describe that time of graceful preparation before one takes decisive action?
    Joshua Ferris


    wing it

    informal if you don't know all the words, just wing it

    Definition of wing in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources