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  1. wearing a wig: The wigged justices entered the courtroom.
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Origin of wigged


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

bother, provoke, irritate, pester, needle, nag, exasperate, get, peeve, tease, dog, vex, nettle, pique, bum, irk, hack, gall, grate, bug

Examples from the Web for wigged

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Historical Examples

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

  • 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

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

  • Mamma Finkelstein understood that part, at least, and her wigged head sank in her hands.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for wigged


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

Word Origin

C17: shortened from periwig
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wigged


In addition to the idiom beginning with wig

  • wig out

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  • flip one's lid (wig)
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