- 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
- 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)