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  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, wig·ging.
  1. to furnish with a wig.
  2. British Informal. to reprimand or reprove severely; scold.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
  1. flip one's wig, Slang. lid(def 8).

Origin of wig

First recorded in 1665–75; short for periwig
Related formswig·less, adjectivewig·like, adjectiveun·wig, verb (used with object), un·wigged, un·wig·ging.
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Related Words for wig

toupee, rug, periwig, peruke, postiche

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British Dictionary definitions for wig


  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 wigs, wigging or wigged (tr)
  1. obsolete to furnish with a wig
  2. British slang to berate severely
See also wig out
Derived Formswigged, adjectivewigless, adjectivewiglike, adjective

Word Origin for wig

C17: shortened from periwig
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Word Origin and History 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wig


In addition to the idiom beginning with wig

  • wig out

also see:

  • flip one's lid (wig)
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