wig

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See also: WIG and wīǵ

English[edit]

Colorful wigs.

Etymology[edit]

Shortening of periwig, itself an alteration of French perruque. The meaning of "to reprimand" perhaps came from this being something a bigwig would do or perhaps from the expressions to flip one's wig, wigs on the green, or dash my wig!

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: wĭg, IPA(key): /wɪɡ/
  • (file)

Rhymes: -ɪɡ

Noun[edit]

wig (plural wigs)

  1. A head of real or synthetic hair worn on the head to disguise baldness, for cultural or religious reasons, for fashion, or by actors to help them better resemble the character they are portraying.
  2. A bigwig
    • 1959=50, William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis, ch 12
      Ye’ve been grossly deceived and put upon, Milly, and it’s my belief his old ruffian of an uncle in a wig is in the plot against us.
  3. (dated, among fishermen) An old seal.

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Verb[edit]

wig (third-person singular simple present wigs, present participle wigging, simple past and past participle wigged)

  1. To put on a wig; to provide with a wig (especially of an actor etc.).
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To upbraid, reprimand.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, slang) To become extremely emotional or excitable; to lose control of one's emotions. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (transitive, MLE, slang) To shoot in the head.
    • 2020, CR1 of Hoxton (lyrics and music), “EC1 Block Bully”‎[1], 1:26:
      And I don't know nothin bout slippin
      Zombie killer or rambo twinnin
      Or a long pole like scaffold
      Just tryna rise and aim and wig him

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wig.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wig (plural wîe)

  1. wedge
  2. quoin

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wegghe, from Old Dutch *weggi, from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Jersey Dutch: wäx, wäxxi (from the diminutive)

Noun[edit]

wig f (plural wiggen, diminutive wiggetje n)

  1. wedge

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wig

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌹𐌲

Old English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wīg

Noun[edit]

wīġ n

  1. (poetic or in compounds) war, battle
Declension[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of wēoh.

Noun[edit]

wīġ m

  1. idol
  2. (in compounds) holy, consecrated
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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wīg, from Proto-Germanic *wīgą, from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-.

Noun[edit]

wīg n

  1. war, battle
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wigi, from Proto-Germanic *wigją, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to carry; move; transport; ride).

Noun[edit]

wig n

  1. horse, steed
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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English wig.

Noun[edit]

wig m or f (plural wigiau or wigs)

  1. wig

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
wig unchanged unchanged hwig
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “wig”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies