periwig

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of French perruque. Compare peruke, wig.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

periwig (plural periwigs)

  1. (historical) wig
    • 1607, Cyril Tourneur, The Revenger’s Tragedy:
      Methinks she makes almost as fair a sign / As some old gentlewoman in a periwig.

Verb[edit]

periwig (third-person singular simple present periwigs, present participle periwigging, simple past and past participle periwigged)

  1. (transitive) To dress with a periwig, or with false hair; to bewig.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Swift to this entry?)