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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for wig out

wig out

verb
1.
(intransitive, adverb) (informal) wigs, wigging, wigged. to become extremely excited
Word Origin
C20: from bigwig

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
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Contemporary definitions for wig out
intransitive verb

to display anxiety or wild excitement; to become overcome with emotion; to freak out

Word Origin

1955-60

Usage Note

slang; wigged-out, adj

transitive verb

to cause another to experience anxiety or extreme emotion

Word Origin

1955-60

Usage Note

slang; wigged-out, adj

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Word Origin and History for wig out
wig
1675, 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), Ir. colloquial for "a fight or rumble" (since wigs are likely to get detached from owners in such an event).
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Slang definitions & phrases for wig out

wig out

noun phrase

To become mentally unbalanced; lose one's sanity: whose guiding genius, Brian Wilson, spent years wigging out in a sandbox

verb phrase

To become ecstatic; enjoy oneself hugely; flip, freak out, wig: The first time I read The Collected Stories I wigged out

[1950s+ Cool talk fr jazz musicians; fr a complex set of jazz uses, mostly based on the idea of flipping one's wig, ''losing one's head'']


wig

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; great, neat: a real wig rock trio (1960s+ Teenagers)

noun
  1. One's head; one's mind (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. A cool jazz musician (1950s+ Jazz musicians)
verb
  1. To talk, esp casually and freely; rap: We stood around wigging (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. To annoy someone; bug: She ordered me to stop wigging her (1930s+ Jive talk)
  3. To play cool or progressive jazz (1950s+ Jazz musicians)
  4. To behave more or less hysterically; flip, freak out, wig out: I realized my goddamn father wasn't there, again, and I wigged (1950s+ Cool talk)
  5. To be happy and in harmony; dig (1950s+ Cool talk)
Related Terms

blow one's top, flip one's lid


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 out
Become or make wildly excited or irrational, as in He'll wig out when he gets the bill for that party. This idiom probably alludes to the earlier flip one's wig (see under flip one's lid). [ ; c. 1950 ]
Also see: freak out, def. 2.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wig also see: flip one's lid (wig)
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