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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɪɡɚ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɪɡə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪɡə(ɹ)

Etymology 1[edit]

From wig +‎ -er.


wigger (plural wiggers)

  1. A maker of wigs.
    • 1984, Arthur Miller, Salesman in Beijing, page 184.
      I flounder about for my diplomacy and give up; it is simply one man against four wiggers, that much is clear, and they are going to fight me down to the wire. "This girl does not need a wig at all," I am forced to say yet once more.

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of white +‎ nigger.


wigger (plural wiggers)

  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) A white person, typically young and male, considered to be overly infatuated with African-American or (UK) Afro-Caribbean culture, a white race traitor or cultural appropriator.
    • 1999, Leonard Steinhorn & al., By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race, page 178:
      To some extent wiggers are simply the most visible examples of a very American brand of teenage rebellion.
    • 2000, Eminem, "The Way I Am":
      And I just do not got the patience
      To deal with these cocky Caucasians
      Who think I'm some wigger who just tries to be black...
  2. (by extension, imprecise) A non-black person of any race considered to be inauthentically appropriating black culture and behavior.
  3. (African-American Vernacular, dated, now uncommon) A white person considered to be sincerely appreciative of black culture, as opposed to poseurs and wannabes.
    • 1994 July 7, William Upski Wimsatt, “Wigger”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      The Oprah people were on the phone with my mom. Someone had given them my name as an expert on wiggers. You know, Wiggers. White kids who identify themselves with hip-hop. I was an expert on that.
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