\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, 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

Plus, the beauty look itself is relatively easy—just apply a bunch of white face makeup, draw stitched lines with liquid eyeliner, and throw on a red wig. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Most Popular Pinterest Halloween Makeup Idea of 2018 Is... Unexpected," 16 Oct. 2018 Africa slips on a fire-red wig, and smokes quietly. NBC News, "On stage, Russian drag stars leave fears behind," 10 July 2018 Put me in a wig; put lipstick on me, and some heels. Chris Martins, Billboard, "Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie on How Cross-Dressing & 'Kinky Boots' Inspired Their New Album," 15 June 2018 Marlene Warren, 40, opened her door on a Saturday morning to find a clown in an orange wig, a red nose but normal high-top shoes holding two foil balloons and carnations. Terry Spencer, Fox News, "Prosecutors: DNA ties suspected killer clown to getaway car," 13 Apr. 2018 In the motel room, the victim was forced to strip to his boxers and put on a blond wig, police wrote. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa gang investigation leads to 5 facing charges in kidnap, torture and robbery of man," 1 Apr. 2018 The wigs, along with the intricate cornrows and braids, formed part of a protective styling rotation which cocooned my gorgeously boisterous 4c texture hair. Serena Sonoma, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Black Trans Women Are Redefining Beauty Standards," 1 May 2018 Villanelle assumed roles that varied not just in wigs, but in accent, demeanor, and backstory. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Sandra Oh Just Made History For Killing Eve, But The Emmys Forgot One Thing," 12 July 2018 In r/gonewild, Snoo poses for a selfie in a wig and lingerie. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 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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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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