Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning. Also called thumbnut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nut with wing-like projections to provide leverage in turning; a thumbnut.
  • n. One who advocates extreme measures or changes; a radical.

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

  • n. any tree of the genus Pterocarya; fruit is a small winged nutlet; Caucasus to southeastern Asia
  • n. a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning

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Examples

  • While this is a private site and you do have the right to continue to delete just because some right wing nut job takes offense because they did not like what was said and yet you leave up the whako postings, then all you do is show extreme bending over to the neo-cons nut jobs.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

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  • While I wouldn't contest the spelling wing nut, there are a couple of attestations here that are missing the mark. In the one the top of the page, "just because some right wing nut job takes offense" There is a compound adjective right wing, and then the compound noun nut job. There is no wing nut in this example. Same issue with some of the tweets you're picking up. Perhaps that's just a feature of the search engine . . .

    April 28, 2012