WIG OUT

wig

[wig]
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.
a.
to be intoxicated with narcotic drugs.
b.
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:
1665–75; short for periwig

wigless, adjective
wiglike, adjective
unwig, verb (used with object), unwigged, unwigging.
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wig (wɪɡ)
 
n
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
 
vb , wigs, wigging, wigged
2.  obsolete to furnish with a wig
3.  slang (Brit) to berate severely
 
[C17: shortened from periwig]
 
wigged
 
adj
 
'wigless
 
adj
 
'wiglike
 
adj

wig out
 
vb , wigs, wigging, wigged
informal (intr, adverb) to become extremely excited
 
[C20: from bigwig]

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Main Entry:  wig out1
Part of Speech:  vi
Definition:  to display anxiety or wild excitement; to become overcome with emotion; to freak out
Etymology:  1955-60
Usage:  slang; wigged-out, adj
Main Entry:  wig out2
Part of Speech:  vt
Definition:  to cause another to experience anxiety or extreme emotion
Etymology:  1955-60
Usage:  slang; wigged-out, adj
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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

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). [Slang; c. 1950] Also see freak out, def. 2.

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