\ ˈwig \

Definition of wig 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a manufactured covering of natural or synthetic hair for the head

b : toupee sense 1

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, 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

After the music and the dancing stop, Corden, wearing a dress and blond wig, walks gracefully between the cars, prompting drivers to kiss his hand or hug him. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Allison Janney joins James Corden for his third 'Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special'," 23 Apr. 2018 Diplo is not officially signed on to help push the product, but the DJ and producer did an impromptu fashion shoot of his own, complete with a long, blond wig and coffee cup. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo Trolls Kanye West, Kim Kardashian & Paris Hilton With Yeezy Season 6 Pics," 1 Feb. 2018 In the latest installment, Ms. Moulton, wearing a wig and a frowzy housedress, continues her journey through the world of New Age products and theories. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 July 2018 Adele wore a wig to look like Kate Winslet’s character, Rose, and a sparkly dress that was a near-replica of the dress from the movie. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Can We Talk About the Costumes at Adele’s 30th Birthday Party?," 7 May 2018 Two more heists occurred on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, and witnesses described that suspect, later identified as Tamea Chambers, as a black woman in her 30s wearing a wig, according to the statement. BostonGlobe.com, "Police blotter," 1 May 2018 Blackness is not the equivalent of smearing oneself with bronzer and wearing a ghastly wig. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, "Luann de Lesseps's Apology for Her Diana Ross Costume on 'RHONY' Just Doesn't Cut It," 5 Apr. 2018 A day later, Rihanna posted a video of her hairdresser wearing a wig and singing the same song, picking up where Teyana left off to suggest they weren't impressed with her skills. Gina Mei, Cosmopolitan, "13 Things to Know About Teyana Taylor, the Star of Kanye West's New Music Video for "Fade"," 29 Aug. 2016 That could range from having to make a supremely ridiculous wig look credible, to carrying moments relying entirely on eye contact, with little to no dialogue. refinery29.com, "This Is Keri Russell's Time To Shine — Welcome To The Russell-ution, Comrades," 13 July 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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wig block

Phrases Related to wig

flip one's wig

wig out

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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