follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

wig

[wig] /wɪg/
noun
1.
an artificial covering of hair for all or most of the head, of either synthetic or natural hair, worn to be stylish or more attractive.
2.
a similar head covering, worn in one's official capacity, as part of a costume, disguise, etc.
3.
a toupee or hairpiece.
4.
British Informal. a wigging.
verb (used with object), wigged, wigging.
5.
to furnish with a wig.
6.
British Informal. to reprimand or reprove severely; scold.
Verb phrases
7.
wig out, Slang.
  1. to be intoxicated with narcotic drugs.
  2. to make or become wildly excited or enthusiastic:
    She wigs out over every rock star that comes along.
Idioms
8.
flip one's wig, Slang. lid (def 9).
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; short for periwig
Related forms
wigless, adjective
wiglike, adjective
unwig, verb (used with object), unwigged, unwigging.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for unwig

wig

/wɪɡ/
noun
1.
an artificial head of hair, either human or synthetic, worn to disguise baldness, as part of a theatrical or ceremonial dress, as a disguise, or for adornment
verb (transitive) wigs, wigging, wigged
2.
(obsolete) to furnish with a wig
3.
(Brit, slang) to berate severely
See also wig out
Derived Forms
wigged, adjective
wigless, adjective
wiglike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: shortened from periwig
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unwig

wig

n.

1670s, shortened form of periwig. Meaning "person who wears a wig (professionally)" is from 1828. The verb meaning "to behave hysterically" (usually with out) is attested from 1955, from notion in to flip one's wig. Cf. dash my wig!, a former mild imprecation (1797), also wigs on the green (1856), Irish colloquial for "a fight or rumble" (because wigs are likely to get detached from owners in such an event).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for unwig

wife-beater

noun

A sleeveless undershirt worn by men •Fr regarding this as the attire of a male who would do this


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with unwig

wig

In addition to the idiom beginning with wig also see: flip one's lid (wig)
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for wig

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unwig

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for unwig