- a scolding or reproof.
Origin of wigging
- 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
Related Wordsbother, provoke, irritate, pester, needle, nag, exasperate, get, peeve, tease, dog, vex, nettle, pique, bum, irk, hack, gall, grate, bug
Examples from the Web for wigging
"He has been getting a wigging and no mistake," one said to another.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
Just now she was getting rather a wigging, but she was remarkably calm.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
“By Jupiter, what a wigging I shall get,” whispered Dicky, in a terrible funk.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
Yes; and the Major had you up to give you a wigging, as you call it, only yesterday.Trapped by Malays
George Manville Fenn
As soon as I glanced at it I saw that I was in for a wigging.Marguerite
- British slang a rebuke or reprimand
- NZ the shearing of wool from the head of a sheep
- 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 and History for wigging
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).
Idioms and Phrases with wigging
In addition to the idiom beginning with wig
- wig out
- flip one's lid (wig)