\ 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

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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 It’s Birkin on the album’s immortal cover, too, wearing a red wig and four months pregnant with Charlotte. Washington Post, "Jane Birkin is back with a new album, but her presence is everlasting," 19 Mar. 2021 After fans raised suspicions that her iconic green and black hair is actually a wig following her Grammys appearance Sunday, Eilish posted a TikTok late Wednesday to confirm it. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Billie Eilish Snatches Her Own Wig, Confirming Fan Suspicions," 18 Mar. 2021 The venerated sketch comedy show announced the month prior that Carrey would portray Biden, and Carrey was ready with a white wig and aviator sunglasses. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey announces he will no longer play Joe Biden on 'SNL'," 20 Dec. 2020 Some even say that she's been wearing hats a lot lately, including at the Grammys, to possibly cover her wig line. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish is Teasing Her New Hair Color on Instagram," 17 Mar. 2021 The transformation was made possible by a Kendra's Boutique wig which was lightened with Joico’s Blonde Life Powder Lightener with 20 Volume LumiShine Developer. Akili King, Vogue, "All the Details Behind Cardi B’s Bubblegum-Pink Hair Transformation at the 2021 Grammy Awards," 15 Mar. 2021 Stylez is a master of wig-styling, and this Grammys look is certainly no exception. Nicola Dall'asen, Glamour, "Cardi B's Hair Was Pastel Pink and Shorter Than Ever at the Grammys," 14 Mar. 2021 Actors, orchestra musicians, ensemble dancers, stagehands, wig designers, costumers, and lighting crews went home—and none have been back on stage in Midtown Manhattan since. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "After a Year Off-Stage, Broadway Stars Are Ready to Think About Opening Night," 12 Mar. 2021 The accompanying two-minute video shows Stylez artfully arranging each wig before sewing it in place; meanwhile, Cardi keeps count. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Wait, Cardi B Wears How Many Wigs In Her Hair?," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gaga donned a peak '80s bouffant wig for a scene without her costar. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Your New Favorite Lady Gaga Movie, House of Gucci," 16 Mar. 2021 Karnes wore the orange bodysuit and puffy wig along with an Illinois mask and bright blue sneakers Friday while waiting for the gates to open at Lucas Oil Stadium. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "After a season without fans, the Big Ten welcomes crowds for the tournament in Indianapolis: ‘I’ve been waiting all year. I’m pumped.’," 13 Mar. 2021 McCarthy had shaved his hair for a Broadway play, forcing him to don the world's worst Blane wig on the soundstage recreated to look like the prom (originally shot at Los Angeles' historic Biltmore Hotel ballroom). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Pretty In Pink' still shocks at 35 with changed ending: Andie chose rich Blane over poor Duckie," 27 Feb. 2021 Here's hoping the actress thanks her bouffant wig in her acceptance speech. David Canfield, EW.com, "Golden Globes 2021 winner predictions: EW picks who should and who will win," 22 Feb. 2021 If the image of eight soldiers sitting stoically in wait of death doesn’t wig you out, well, sorry. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "13 spooky science stories to celebrate Friday the 13th," 13 Nov. 2020 Speaking of which: Cardi B's go-to hairstylist and wig extraordinaire, Tokyo Stylez, is behind the next-level look. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Cardi B Debuted Neon Blue and Green Hair at a Haunted House," 31 Oct. 2020 Bakalova is wearing a different outfit and wig than her previous appearance with Rion. Jordan Moreau, chicagotribune.com, "Borat’s ‘daughter’ sneaks into White House, meets Donald Trump Jr. in unreleased footage," 24 Oct. 2020 Instead of showing the process, Halsey opted to quickly shake off a long, brunette wig to debut her new buzz cut. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Halsey Has a Buzz Cut Now," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ 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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