Definition of wingman in English:

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wingman

Pronunciation: /ˈwiNGˌman/
/ˈwiNGmən/

noun (plural wingmen)

1A pilot whose aircraft is positioned behind and outside the leading aircraft in a formation.
Example sentences
  • As with most combat fighter wings, five wingmen flew in formation behind the lead fighter, usually the senior officer.
  • SKE is a system that uses electronic signals to identify the lead plane and its wingman so that aircraft can fly in formation in adverse weather.
  • What would you do if your wingman or an aircraft from outside your flight declared an emergency?
1.1A man who helps or supports another man; a friend or close associate: I thought he might need a wingman—he was quite tired and emotional
2 another term for winger (sense 1).

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Syllabification: wing·man

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