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.

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. (dated, among fishermen) An old seal.

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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. (colloquial) To upbraid, reprimand.
  3. (colloquial, slang) To become extremely emotional or excitable; to lose control of one's emotions.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wig.

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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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Noun[edit]

wig f (plural wiggen, diminutive wiggetje n)

  1. wedge

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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. war, battle
    Oft ic wig seo, frecne feohtanoften I see war, brave men fighting. (AS Riddles)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of wēoh.

Noun[edit]

wīġ m

  1. idol
    wīġġieldidol
    wīġweorþungidol-worship
    wiġledivination
  2. (in compounds) holy, consecrated
    wīġbed, wēofodaltar
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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wīg

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wīg n

  1. war, battle
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *wigi

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wig n

  1. horse, steed
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