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[wigd] /wɪgd/
wearing a wig:
The wigged justices entered the courtroom.
Origin of wigged
wig + -ed3


[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).
1665-75; short for periwig
Related forms
wigless, adjective
wiglike, adjective
unwig, verb (used with object), unwigged, unwigging. Unabridged
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  • And, truly, it can scarcely be imagined what a funny and ridiculous appearance the wigged monkeys presented!

  • They lend authority to the wrath, and protection to the wit of the wigged.

  • One of the cloaked and wigged figures on Woolsack mentioned the matter in charmingly casual way.

  • Whats the good of that wigged fellow reading when no one listens to him?

  • He also laid his hand on his sword now, and frigidly inclined his wigged head toward me.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Mamma Finkelstein understood that part, at least, and her wigged head sank in her hands.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • We accordingly entered its honored portals, and bowed to the wigged statesmen we met in the grand hall.

  • There is not a single woman who dresses her hair to suit her face; they all follow the style of wigged heads.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • If anything goes wrong, if he overlooks a subordinates error, he will not be wigged by the Admiral in Gods open air.

    A Fleet in Being Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for wigged


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
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Word Origin and History for wigged



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
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Slang definitions & phrases for wigged



  1. A wife
  2. whiff



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 wigged


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