\ 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

But traveling secretary Dan Larrea and equipment manager Jason Shawger went full-gorilla, dressing in complete Colonial garb, with powdered wigs, breeches, stockings, etc. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 1, Brewers 0: Once again, no fireworks for the offense against Cincinnati pitchers," 4 July 2019 However, since the mom of four really likes to play with wigs and extensions, there's no telling if the length — or the colour, for that matter — will last. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Tries "Frosted Brown" Hair For Summer — & It Looks So Good," 3 July 2019 She's worn a platinum pixie for months, occasionally mixing up her cut with bob-style wigs or over-the-top hats. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Katy Perry Just Debuted Peach Blonde, Long, Wavy Hair," 29 May 2019 For example, two models in the Rococo Rock 'n' Roll room were styled with foot-tall Marie Antoinette wigs. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alice + Olivia Majors in Revolutionaries for Fall 2018," 14 Feb. 2018 Remember in season one Betty put on a black wig and nearly boiled Chuck Clayton to a crisp in the hot tub and then totally forgot? Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "This CRAZY Theory Will Convince You Betty is Actually Black Hood on "Riverdale"," 21 Dec. 2017 Then Donald pulled on a curly black wig to pose as his archrival McIlroy, a perennial media darling with the gift of gab. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 Five black and white photographs by Christopher Makos show Warhol in men’s clothes but wearing women’s wigs. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "‘Be Seen’: Portraits reclaiming the gay experience at Wadsworth Atheneum," 26 June 2019 The only ridiculously curled white Colonial-style wig in the show is worn by Peter Matthew Smith, the actor playing King George III, and it is made from yak hair. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019

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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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