1791: letter from Colonel Darke to George Washington, quoted in Theodore Roosevelt, The Winning of the West, vol. 4 (1896)
We incamped in two Lines about 60 yards apart the Right whing in frunt Commanded by General Butler, the Left in the Rear which I commanded.
1869: James Jennings, The Dialect of the West of England, particularly Somersetshire, with a glossary of words now in use there; also with poems and other pieces exemplifying the dialect.
When tha dumbledores hummin, craup out o’ tha cobwâllAn’ shakin ther whings, thâ vleed vooäth an’ awâ.
Origin of whing
- See wing.