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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 While Dirty Candi’s costumes, with each girl dressed in a specific candy-coloured top and wearing a matching wig, appear to draw from K-Pop, according to An, her biggest inspiration was the bright, iridescent hues of Jolly Ranchers. Irina Grechko, refinery29.com, "The Best Trends Of The ‘90s Are Brought Back To Life In Julie And The Phantoms," 12 Sep. 2020 But the iconic part of this episode features Screech in a wig and cheerleading outfit and Mario Lopez showing off his dance movies in a leotard. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "‘Saved by the Bell’ returns: Ranking the 25 best classic episodes," 25 Nov. 2020 After South Florida’s killer clown slipped away three decades ago, witnesses told investigators the culprit wearing white makeup and a red wig looked like a man. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "New details in notorious 1990 ‘killer clown’ case show why prosecutors are so sure who was under the wig," 20 Nov. 2020 Donning a rubber suit and a horsehair wig, her skin slicked with sweat, Davis revels in Rainey’s physicality, outfitted in period dress and furs by costume designer Ann Roth. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, "What Viola Davis learned from Ma Rainey: ‘She was unapologetic about her worth and her power’," 19 Nov. 2020 The same is true at the local level, where Mr Ms Adrien puts on a white wig and glasses to age more than a couple of decades. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Golden Gals’ celebrate Christmas, friendship, new Häos on Church," 19 Nov. 2020 This friend, it should be noted, was a man, who donned a curly wig, big glasses, an oversize T-shirt and a dangling, lit cigarette — a costume pick not all that surprising since the Guardian already crowned Mamaw a style icon. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Family drew Amy Adams and Glenn Close to ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ (Family, and Terminators.)," 23 Nov. 2020 Celebrating the five-minute sell-out of her Chrome Hearts collaboration, Hadid posed in a bright red wig and a pair of matching red PVC boots. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Poses in Red PVC Boots and a Matching Wig to Celebrate Her Chrome Hearts Collection," 15 Nov. 2020 Fallon's Pinto wears a button-down shirt, jeans, boots, a dirty blond wig, and a cowboy hat. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Gwen Stefani Turned Her Hit Songs Into Country Tunes, and We Kind of Love It," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In a TikTok video, Halsey flips her long brown wig to proudly debut her new 'do. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Halsey Is Back to Bald: See Her Shaved-Head Look," 19 Oct. 2020 Video reportedly showed that someone disguised with a woman's jacket, sunglasses and wig placed a dead animal on the headstone, then walked back to the a gray Dodge Journey, according to news accounts. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "Grave concern," 23 Aug. 2020 Her unbothered attitude made for an equally striking cover and photo spread, in which the Bardi Gang leader appeared to be dripping in diamonds thanks to a custom crystal wig from Mordekai by Ken Borochov. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Cardi B Says Her New Piercings Are Her Favourite Part Of Her Elle Cover," 12 Aug. 2020 Instead, the braided, straight back wigs their runway models were wearing are the hot topic. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Comme Des Garçons Is Being Accused Of Racism On The Runway," 17 Jan. 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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Last Updated

9 Jan 2021

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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