wig

[wig]

noun

verb (used with object), wigged, wig·ging.

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.

Idioms

    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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British Dictionary definitions for wig out

wig out

verb

wigs, wigging or wigged (intr, adverb) informal to become extremely excited

Word Origin for wig out

C20: from bigwig

wig

noun

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)

obsolete to furnish with a wig
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 out

wig

n.

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 out

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.

wig

In addition to the idiom beginning with wig

  • wig out

also see:

  • flip one's lid (wig)
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