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[big-wig] /ˈbɪgˌwɪg/
noun, Informal.
an important person, especially an official:
senators and other political bigwigs.
Origin of bigwig
1725-35; rhyming compound from phrase big wig, i.e., person important enough to wear such a wig
Related forms
bigwigged, adjective
[big-wig-id-nis] /ˈbɪgˈwɪg ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bigwig
  • He was threatened by a cosmological bigwig, who told him he'd be regarded as a crank if he kept it up.
  • Usually it will go to a village bigwig, perhaps with a little help from local officials.
  • Normally, when a party applauds a defeated or deposed bigwig there is a strong whiff of hypocrisy in the air.
British Dictionary definitions for bigwig


(informal) an important person
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Word Origin and History for bigwig

1731, from big + wig, in reference to the imposing wigs formerly worn by men of rank or authority.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bigwig



A very important person, often self-important: bigwigs all over the restaurant (1731+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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