Meaning of winger in English:



  • 1An attacking player on the wing in soccer, hockey, and other sports.

    • ‘They have brought in three more attacking players in wingers Luciano and Khalilou Fadiga and playmaker Andy van der Meyde, so the signs point towards a more offensive approach.’
    • ‘If the winger beats two players and then crosses it for the striker, then there should be no problem.’
    • ‘Robben did what very few wingers or wide players are capable of doing: he made his flank the centre of the game and changed the whole dynamics of the pitch.’
    • ‘In front of him the team consists of two banks of three players - three guards in defence and two wingers and a centre forward in attack.’
    • ‘He is a defender, he is a midfielder but he is also an attacker - a winger who makes and scores goals.’
    • ‘The game's dominant wingers play the right side, and a right-catching goaltender can be a tough puzzle for shooters to solve.’
    • ‘That puts added pressure on the puck-moving defenseman and his wingers.’
    • ‘Bridge had thrown out a superb long ball to the winger and just when it looked like he was away for his third, play was called back.’
    • ‘Maybe one day, budding wingers all over the footballing world will try to perform a ‘Robben Turn’?’
    • ‘He is a very good player, a classic winger with lot of power, and is very quick.’
    • ‘Or, rather, there are wingers, but they're masquerading as fullbacks.’
    • ‘The word, as in Spanish, means cross, appropriate for the son of one of the best wingers in the sport.’
    • ‘He did not have a traditional center forward, his wingers were tall, quick and skillful, his central midfielders aggressive ball-winners.’
    • ‘It is refreshing to see wingers again scoring the kind of long-range tries you associate with them.’
    • ‘How many wingers nowadays can score as prolifically as that?’
    • ‘For modern wingers, rugby league is a game of split-second choices.’
    • ‘You have to handle him differently from the way you would normal wingers; he occupies two or three defenders.’
    • ‘True, their current playing styles are very similar - one striker, two galloping wingers, one prime mover and two midfield stiflers - so there's a risk they could nullify each other.’
    • ‘To place this into context let us consider other international wingers.’
    • ‘These are two teams with impressive offensive arsenals and plenty of gifted wingers.’
  • 2in combination A member of a specified political wing.

    ‘a left-winger’