single wingback formation WORD ORIGIN noun Football. an offensive formation in which the wingback lines up outside of and about one yard behind an end, the quarterback lines up lateral to the wingback but about midway between the same end and the center, the fullback is three or four yards behind the middle of the line, and the tailback lines up one yard behind the fullback on the other side of the line from the wingback and quarterback.
Compare. Origin of single wingback formation An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Also called single wing. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019