fright wig


: a wig with hair that stands out from the head

Examples of fright wig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And definitely not Viola Davis devouring the coldly futuristic scenery as a malevolent doctor with a fright wig, one piercing ice-blue eye and Drag Race-strength makeup, cooking up increasingly cruel torments to unleash on the games’ hapless contestants. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 Miller, who’s been absent from Broadway since her Tony-winning role as the Leading Player in Pippin, spends much of the first act in a grotesque mask, a fright wig, a frowzy cloak and talons, relishing her character’s blithe cruelty while not completely hiding her underlying desperation. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2022 Juan Perón in an orange fright wig. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2020 As the melancholy philosopher Jaques, Trish Lindström, in a Warhol fright wig and glasses, is a fusion of Eeyore and Tigger, popping up from time to time to drop some gloom on the amused forest denizens. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2022 Or fresh-cut strawberries covered in a thin layer of cream or even elotes loco, the popular street snack that puts a fright wig of condiments on a humble ear of corn. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Sporting a fright wig, a feather boa, and a baggy dress (designed to obscure her svelte figure), Diller was unabashedly outlandish. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 16 Dec. 2018 The dress code for leaders in Lake Forest seems to include red noses, fright wigs and oversized shoes. Mike Mulligan,, 19 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fright wig was in 1886

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“Fright wig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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