1 of 2


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


2 of 2


wigged; wigging

transitive verb

: to scold severely

intransitive verb

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

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
Dornan shared an Instagram snap of himself in a red dress, a bright blue wig and shiny snake-print heels. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The carousel includes images of little Swift in her street clothes as well as in her strapless black Sandy costume and curly blonde wig. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 In one photo, the pop star – who was then about 11 years old – performs onstage in a frizzy ‘70s wig and black bodysuit next to Mitnick, who is wearing a black muscle tee and sporting a slick John Travolta hairdo. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 July 31, 2023 Security footage helped police identify their suspect as a man in a mask — an elderly woman’s face with gray curly hair — accompanied by a woman in a long purple wig. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Helpful coping strategies for alopecia areata include: Wigs and hair pieces: Some people may wish to consider wigs, hairpieces, or hair prostheses. Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 27 Jan. 2024 Jardin provides a winking tipoff of complications to come later by having Shelby don a wig not unlike Nikki’s long blond tresses for her abortive roleplay attempt to get Cyrus in the mood. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 At the Rockefeller Center station, the band and Fallon wore costumes -- long-haired wigs, faux facial hair, sunglasses and beanies -- as seen in video shared on Reddit. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 21 Jan. 2024 Lambert then decided to have a little fun with it and tried on the wig herself. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



short for periwig

First Known Use


1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1829, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of wig was in 1675

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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