\ ˈwig How to pronounce wig (audio) \

Definition of wig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a manufactured covering of natural or synthetic hair for the head
2 : an act of wigging : rebuke


wigged; wigging

Definition of wig (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to scold severely

intransitive verb

slang : to lose one's composure or reason : freak usually used with out

Synonyms for wig

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wig in a Sentence

Noun She was wearing a blonde wig. the cancer patient started wearing a wig after losing all of her hair from chemotherapy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But a few weeks into the school year, Ball said, her daughter did not want to continue wearing the wig. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 1 June 2022 Prior to the cake-smearing incident, the man could be seen throwing roses in the museum gallery while sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a wig and lipstick. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 Authorities who had been conducting surveillance on the Indiana hotel where Vicky White and Casey White were staying spotted Vicky exiting their room on Monday, wearing a wig. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 Wearing a wig on set taught me to respect drag queens at a very young age! ELLE, 29 Apr. 2022 Wearing a blond wig for a local spring-break party, she is mistaken by several male classmates for a cam girl called Amber Sweet (Jehnny Beth). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The damage from that was irreparable, so Thatcher had to wear extensions briefly until eventually switching to a wig for her hair's sake. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 31 Jan. 2022 Prosecutors said Espinoza entered Radda’s business — Bottom Price Flooring at 1015 G St. — while wearing a purple wig and lured the victim to the back of the store, where he was fatally shot by Cartwright. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2022 He was discovered wearing a wig and shoplifting in a store in Pennsylvania. Charles Bagli, Town & Country, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wig


1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for wig


short for periwig

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26 Jun 2022

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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\ ˈwig How to pronounce wig (audio) \

Kids Definition of wig

: a manufactured covering of natural or artificial hair for the head

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