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[wig] /wɪg/
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.
a similar head covering, worn in one's official capacity, as part of a costume, disguise, etc.
a toupee or hairpiece.
British Informal. a wigging.
verb (used with object), wigged, wigging.
to furnish with a wig.
British Informal. to reprimand or reprove severely; scold.
Verb phrases
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.
flip one's wig, Slang. lid (def 8).
Origin of wig
1665-75; short for periwig
Related forms
wigless, adjective
wiglike, adjective
unwig, verb (used with object), unwigged, unwigging. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for wig
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  • It almost collected like a wig, but the hair was in truth her own.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • In wig and gown, that something "old Georgian" about him was very visible.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Colonel Lewis wore no wig and was smoking a pipe, of which he was inordinately fond.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • She had once adventured to the law courts by herself, to see him in his wig and gown.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Pollock's wig had a hole in the top; you could see it when he bent over to take notes.

British Dictionary definitions for wig


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
(obsolete) to furnish with a wig
(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
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Word Origin and History for wig

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for wig



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.
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Idioms and Phrases with wig


In addition to the idiom beginning with wig also see: flip one's lid (wig)
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