a wig of wild, unruly hair, especially hair projecting outward in all directions, as worn by some clowns and comedians to give a comic effect of extreme fright or excitement.
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Origin of fright wig
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby fright wig
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British Dictionary definitions for fright wig
- a wig with frizzy hair standing straight up from the surface
- a hairstyle resembling this
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