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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 Turner also gave one of her wigs to the hair team to help with its research. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "An Inside Look at the 430 Iconic Fashion Ensembles, 180 Wigs Created for 'Tina' the Broadway Musical," 7 Nov. 2019 The daggone choreography and the mask and trying to fit it over my wig. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The Masked Singer Penguin on how tough it was to outsmart Jenny McCarthy," 7 Nov. 2019 McKinnon's Warren then put on purple glasses, began to dance and took off her wig while being covered in red roses. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'SNL' takes on CNN's Equality Town Hall with the help of Billy Porter, Woody Harrelson and Lin-Manuel Miranda," 13 Oct. 2019 Over the show’s first four seasons, the onetime patrician, played by Catherine O’Hara, lost her friends, her acting prestige, and a handful of her beloved wigs. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Sweetly Subversive Marriage at the Core of Schitt’s Creek," 21 Sep. 2019 When fans click on a wig in the right corner of Rachel’s info panel, they’ll be quickly taken to a bevy of photos of her famous ‘do. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Smelly Cat! Pivot! Here's How to Find All of Google's Friends Easter Eggs for Show's 25th Anniversary," 19 Sep. 2019 Kylie JennerInstagram Here's another angle of the sisters: Khloe KardashianInstagram Wait, did Kylie put on a wig or fake bangs at some point during the night?? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Kardashians Match in Pink Outfits at the Over-the-Top Launch of Kylie's Skincare Line," 22 May 2019 Her hairstylist Chris Appleton added on a bright pink wig with long waves, while makeup artist Michael Antony painted on bubblegum lipstick and matching eyeshadow. Vogue, "Katy Perry Is Already Nailing This Year’s Met Gala Theme," 16 Apr. 2019 But not until this very moment has the color been so supremely slayed, thanks to recent Allure cover star Lizzo and her glorious wig. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lizzo's Purple Hair Is Her Brightest Beauty Look Yet," 16 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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“Wig.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigs. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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