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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 Jenner shared a black-and-white photo of her natural hair in short dark bob on her Instagram Stories on Friday, then returned hours later with the new wig. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off Yet Another New Hair Look That’s All Valentine’s Vibes," 15 Feb. 2020 The wigs were placed atop the models' heads like hats, nearly covering their foreheads. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Comme des Garçons criticized for cultural appropriation for using lace front cornrow wigs," 18 Jan. 2020 Channeling her inner Dorothy, the country music sweetheart dressed up in a burgundy pant suit with a gray wig and of course, posed with puckered lips. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Luke Bryan’s Wife Caroline Boyer Is the Ultimate Golden Girls Fan This Halloween," 29 Oct. 2019 In an Instagram post Friday, the 27-year-old singer showed off an elaborate ruffled dress with a huge blond wig and flawless makeup. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Halsey and Evan Peters turn heads as Sonny and Cher; more great celeb Halloween costumes," 18 Oct. 2019 Last night, Jeremy Scott took us back to the future with massive wigs, 80s prom dresses, acid wash denim, and exaggerated shoulders for his Spring Summer 2020 runway show. Teen Vogue, "The Best Moments From NYFW Spring Summer 2020," 7 Sep. 2019 The researchers tested the system on footage of nine subjects: eight living humans and one mannequin with a wig and makeup. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "A Drone’s-Eye View of the Quick and the Dead," 9 Jan. 2020 Diller erred on the zany side with her closet, frequently donning unkempt wigs and lurid, baggy floral dresses—costumes that fueled her harried, scatterbrained housewife persona on stage. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Two Dresses From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Are Coming to the Smithsonian," 17 Dec. 2019 Kris snagged a mid-length blonde wig and a bodysuit and posed as Khloé. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Kardashians Traded Hairstyles to Expertly Troll Each Other in the KUWTK Finale," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Expertly be-wigged by Laura Stearns in a variety of 1980s coifs. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: Stale ‘Magnolias’: Guthrie chooses tepid show that’s all gossip and one-liners," 7 Nov. 2019 No-fuss protective styles like braids, twists, faux locs, weaves and wigs rule the summer. Essence, "4 Steps To Restoring Your Hair After a Protective Style," 3 Sep. 2019 Now, though, Angel Olsen has announced her upcoming album with a new song and video that shows off a very different look; albeit one that feels like a natural trajectory from her tinsel-wigged past. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Angel Olsen’s New Video Is an Art Deco Sci-Fi Fantasy," 30 July 2019 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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24 Feb 2020

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce wig (audio)

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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