1. [late 18C+] the pubic hair of either sex.
2. [20C+] the hair.
3. [1930s+] (US black) hair that has been artificially straightened.
4. [1940s+] (US black) the head, the brain or its functions.
5. [1950s] (W.I.) a male haircutting style that supposedly resembles a judge’s wig. The hair is cut into a peak at the front and there is no sharp razor line at the back. Those requesting such a cut would tell the barber, ‘Try me’.
6. [1950s–70s] (US black, also wigger) an eccentric, a mad person.
7. [1970s] (US) something of importance.
[1940s+] (US black) the altering of a natural crinkly black head of hair into a straight process n. (1) style.
1. [1960s+] (US teen) eccentric, unbalanced; in n. use (see cit. 1960) as a fig. ‘place’.
2. a psychiatric institution.
[1950s+] (orig. US black) a wig; a hairpiece.
[1960s+] (US black) a psychiatrist.
[1950s] (US black) a wonderful, admirable individual.
[1940s] (US black) an idea.
1. [1930s–40s] (US black, also fracture one’s wig) to feel excited, enthusiastic or furious.
2. [1950s] to lose one’s mind.
[mid-18C] used of a poseur, ‘all talk and no action’.
[1950s] (US black) to go mad.
1. to lose one’s temper.
2. to lose one’s sanity; in weak use, to become emotional, e.g. through love.
[1970s] (US black) to be drunk.
[1910s+] to remain calm.
[1940s] (US black) to comb one’s hair.
[1940s] (US black) to amaze, to delight, to thrill.
[1950s] (orig. US black) one who is without inhibitions or open to new ideas; thus loosen one’s wig v., to behave crazily.
[1960s] (drugs) to lose one’s mind from drug intoxication.
[1940s] (US) to go mad.
[1950s–70s] (US) to lose emotional control.
[1940s] (US Black) to alarm, to amaze.
[1950s–60s] (US) to suffer pain, to feel depressed, to be at the end of one’s tether.
1. [2000s] (US prison) to hit someone quickly and hard in the head.
2. [2000s] (US black) to hit hard; to kill.
1. to give someone else marijuana; to render someone intoxicated.
2. to delight.
[1940s] (US black) to think fast.
SE in slang uses
1. [late 18C] a fool.
2. [late 18C–1970s] (also wig box, wig stand) the head.
[18C–19C] a wig-maker, a hairdresser.
[19C] the pubic hair.
[19C+] (orig. Irish) an argument, a fight.
[early–mid-19C] a mild excl.
see under dash v.1
see dash my wig(s)! under dash v.1
[19C–1900s] a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.