- 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.
- to furnish with a wig.
- British Informal. to reprimand or reprove severely; scold.
- wig out, Slang.
- to be intoxicated with narcotic drugs.
- 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
Examples from the Web for wig
Contemporary Examples of wig
Lena, Emilia, and I are laughing because we sorted the wig thing out nice and early.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick
November 21, 2014
When the music gets going, the woman in the Maude costume rocks so hard her wig comes loose.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
They also designed a wig and jumpsuit specifically for the test.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger
August 4, 2014
So Jefferson, going “Life, Liberty, and… and…” pulled “Pursuit of Happiness” out of his wig.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
The comedy was on-brand for Dunham, but it was hard not to notice that she was, basically, playing Hannah Horvath in a wig.Lena Dunham on 'SNL' Review: Very Funny, Very Dunham-y
March 9, 2014
Historical Examples of wig
His red slave's wig is thus made a feature in the characterization.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Furniture builder, salon decorator, wig maker, and constructor.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
It is so called from a fancied resemblance to a wig on a barber's block.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
A little later her wig fell off, and for an instant her head was bald.The Eternal City
The Deemster's wig had been taken off and tossed on to the dressing-table.The Manxman
- 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
- obsolete to furnish with a wig
- British slang to berate severely
Word Origin 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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with wig
- wig out
- flip one's lid (wig)