\ 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

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Synonyms for wig

Synonyms: Noun

hairpiece, rug [slang], toupee

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Examples of wig in a Sentence


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

Makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench took her hair to new heights with an avant-garde wig by Tomi Kono. Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Iris Law, Missy Elliott, and More," 5 May 2019 If that wasn't enough, the Peacock spilled another Joseph-esque clue — a wig. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We're 100% Convinced That Donny Osmond Is the Peacock on 'The Masked Singer'," 21 Feb. 2019 Her companions are similarly recognizable: Alexa Davies apes Julie Walters’s pixie cut to play Rosie, and as Tanya, Jessica Keenan Wynn nails both the Christine Baranski wig and the Christine Baranski voice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a kooky, poppy romp," 18 July 2018 Saturday is Bastille Day, and for the twenty-third and final time Terry Berch McNally will don Marie Antoinette’s frock and wig and toss Tastykakes at the crowd outside of Eastern State Penitentiary. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Those closing credits also offer a montage of the elaborate aging process undergone by Irving and his teammates: prostheses and wigs and such. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ Kyrie dribbles, Kyrie shoots, Kyrie acts," 27 June 2018 Now, of course, Union has had short hair before... but those were only wigs and weaves. refinery29.com, "Exclusive: Why Gabrielle Union Cut Her Natural Hair, According To Her Stylist," 21 June 2018 In her own words, Stoole shares her favorite places to celebrate Pride during June and year round (in and outside of Boystown) as well as her tips for staying fabulous all day in the hot June sun — wig and heels not necessary. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Drag queen Lucy Stoole's guide to Pride 2018," 21 June 2018 One of the officials wore a dark wig and bushy beard and what appeared to be a fake nose. Fox News, "Witnesses disguised by makeup take stand at Mafia boss trial," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There were wigged rave parties in Stella’s hospital room, trips for Stella to go find herself in Paris, and absolutely none of the unavoidable chaos that naturally comes with being alive. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Life Sentence Isn't Pretty Little Liars, & That's A Good Thing," 7 Mar. 2018 This would be good news for the economy and the traveling public, if Republicans don’t wig out. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Air-Traffic Winner," 11 Oct. 2017 When Infiniti released images of the Prototype 9 concept last week, the automotive internet wigged out a little. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "10 Things to Know about Infiniti’s Amazing Prototype 9," 18 Aug. 2017 Nintendo says it's also resolved an issue whereby game updates would fail to complete (after which the game would no longer start), and another that could cause the HDMI inputs to wig out on some TVs when the console was docked and asleep. Matt Peckham, Time, "The Nintendo Switch Can Find Your Lost Joy-Cons," 20 June 2017 Other factors need to be part of the mix for people to wig out, and those happen to be in good supply aboard a commercial airline flight. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Crowded airplanes heighten aggression. We know that from studying rats.," 3 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of wig

: artificial hair that you wear on your head because you are bald or in order to change your appearance


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Kids Definition of wig

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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