Definition of wing nut in English:

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wing nut

Pronunciation: /ˈwiNG ˌnət/


1 (also wingnut) A nut with a pair of projections for the fingers to screw it on.
Example sentences
  • A typical Lancashire-pattern wing nut on the heavy screw tightens the blade.
  • The lid is held securely in place by a large wing nut and washer for easy installation or removal - a thoughtful, user friendly touch on the part of RCBS ' design team.
  • The tension on the spring can be adjusted using a wing nut so it can grip the line tightly or loosely, whatever the fishing situation demands.
2An Asian tree of the walnut family, with a deeply fissured trunk, compound leaves, and characteristic broad-winged nutlets.
  • Genus Pterocarya, family Juglandaceae.
Example sentences
  • This Wing Nut tree (Pterocarya fraxinifolia) is one of the biggest trees in Cambridge (more than 30m high and more than 10m wide).
3 (wingnut) US informal A mad or crazy person: some wingnut down in Finance
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  • Back then, the wing nut who hit Grogan probably was flagged only for unnecessary roughness.
  • Better keep your heads down, little wingnuts.
  • I had to go back through my text and remove words like "wingnuts" from my discussion.
3.1A person with extreme, typically right-wing, views: McCarthyite wingnuts
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  • I guess she thinks attacking him for being uppity will head off her wingnut primary opponent.
  • He's clearly trying to curry favor with the wingnuts.
  • For the first time ever, the wingnuts went mainstream.

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