An artificial covering of natural or synthetic hair worn on the head for personal adornment, as part of a costume, or to conceal baldness.
tr.v. wigged, wig·ging, wigsPhrasal Verb:
To scold or censure.
wig out Slang
To make or become wildly excited, enthusiastic, or crazy.
[Short for PERIWIG.]
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