\ 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

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 Granted, the character of a super corrupt corporate big wig capitalist guy as the villain to Scott Lang's Robin Hood-esque small-time crook is an interesting parallel to draw. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 Flockhart, who wears a coiffed wig, is less rumpled than Elizabeth Taylor’s Martha in Mike Nichols’ 1966 film version. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Off to one side is a wig case big enough to hold a bass drum. Karen Schoemer, SPIN, 1 May 2022 While there's a perfect match out there for everyone, cosmetologist and expert wig maker Tamika Gibson has some tips for finding the right one. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 According to the pro, that could entail test-driving with a wig à la Beetz or pinning the under-layers of your hair to simulate a faux bob. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2022 To promote an upcoming music project, the Bronx rapper was spotted in the streets with a bright red wig. Jennet Jusu, Allure, 31 Mar. 2022 She has been known to don a blue wig to dress up like a Dr. Seuss character, and to DJ school spirit night, but her happy personality belies a traumatic early childhood. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Pfeiffer’s personal makeup artist, Valli O’Reilly, took Mrs. Ford from the 1940s to the late 1980s, employing about five or six wig changes and adjusting her makeup with each switch. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Wig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wig. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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\ 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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