1. the pubic hair of either sex.
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 83: He dresses her wig in a new fashion way / [...] / She constantly smiles on her doating dear puff / And thinks he can never be tumbled enough.|
|‘The Wig And The Poll’ in Flash Chaunter 35: You’ll see wigs in his front or a pole at his door [...] With success to the Wig, and the stiff standing pole.|
|‘The Rare Old Root’ in Cuckold’s Nest 8: A song to the root, that rare old root [...] Here’s success and renown to its wig of down, / And its seven or eight inches long. [Ibid.] 29: She shews to him her coal black wig.|
|My Secret Life (1966) X 2013: I [...] felt her hard thighs and buttocks again, scratched the wig on the motte.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.|
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 131: Pubes […] velvet, wig, wool.|
2. the hair.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 16 Jan. 3/1: The old dame seized the broom and attempted to brush his wig with it.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 11 May 500: Me wig had to be washed.|
|On Broadway 29 Nov. [synd. col.] Hull and Wallace are the latest Capitol feudists, getting in each other’s wig over their conflicting [...] policies.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 488: wig : Head, hair. Mary’s got a righteous wig.|
|Harlem, USA (1971) 317: Don’t tell me that wavy-wigged-Waddell’s gonna wash out his beauty tresses. [Ibid.] 319: I dug my wig in the mirror.‘The Winds of Change’ in Clarke|
|Black Jargon in White America 87: wig n. 1. a person’s hair.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 10: tight wig – a well-cared for hair style.|
|Gayle 103/2: wig n. hairstyle.|
3. (US black) hair that has been artificially straightened.
|(con. 1930s–60s) Juba to Jive.|
4. (US black) the head, the brain or its functions.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 44: Knock thy wig, chick, for the hypes thou hast put down.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 1: In spinning a platter of some very popular band leader, I would come on something like this: ‘Jackson, here’s that man again, cool, calm and a solid wig, he is laying a frantic scream that will strictly pad your skull, fall in and dig the happenings.’ Which is to say, the orchestra leader is a real classy singer and has a voice that most people would like.|
|Joint (1972) 58: All of it keeps my wig in turmoil.letter 27 Mar. in|
|Hiparama of the Classics 7: They Called This Cat The All Hip Mahatma because his wig was so cool.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 57: I want you to light you up a joint and take a real good shit and screw your wig on tight, / and let me tell you about the little bad motherfucker called Dolomite.|
|Drylongso 21: I really do think that there is something wrong with this man’s wig.|
|‘Dolemite’ [lyrics] But I want ya to light you up a joint and take a real good shit and screw your wig on tight / And let me tell ya about the little bad muthafucka called Dolemite.|
|Hilliker Curse 7: The movie spooked me. My wig was loose.|
|‘Next Up?’ [lyrics] Get round there samurais and flicks / JaySav put his whole rambz in your wig.|
5. (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’.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
6. (US black, also wigger) an eccentric, a mad person.
|Vice Trap 55: Graemie boy’s the coolest wig here. [Ibid.] 74: Christ, he is a wig, isn’t he?|
|Jazz for Moderns 21: wig: a person who is very crazy. Sometimes called wigger.|
|Black Jargon in White America 87: wig n. […] 2. a crazy person; very unusual person.|
7. (US) something of importance.
|in Profile of Youth 235: Negro teen-agers on Chicago’s South Side show a flair for colorful language and imaginative clothes [...] Bright baseball caps are ‘the wig’ with cords or dress suits.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 229: It was a wig, but not a major wig.|
(US black) the altering of a natural crinkly black head of hair into a straight process n. (1) style.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
1. (US teen) eccentric, unbalanced; in n. use (see cit. 1960) as a fig. ‘place’.
|Hiparama of the Classics 17: City Hall has flipped, and swung to a drunken zoo! / And all of you cats have goofed to wig city.|
|Catalog of Cool [Internet] in Wig City (descriptive phrase): Caught in the township of the flipped, just outside sanity and peopled by mad daddies and moms.|
|‘Secrets and Lies’ Pt 5 on Skeeter63.org [Internet] ‘You told him? You’re all right?’ Buffy nodded. ‘I’m fine, Giles.’ She turned away and headed for the kitchen to get a soda. ‘Of course, that doesn’t mean he took it well. That whole soul thing?’ she called out over her shoulder. ‘Wig city.’.|
2. a psychiatric institution.
|Roadkill 144: The cat would keep me company in wig city just like Van Gogh had a cat in the mental hospital to keep him company .|
|Spanking Watson 65: Hauled off to wig city by burly dykes in white nurse's uniforms.|
|Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock 189: Roky, one of the original crazy guys, wound up in wig city with a patch over his middle eye.|
(orig. US black) a wig; a hairpiece.
|‘High Heeled Sneakers’ [lyrics] Put on your high heeled sneakers and put your wig hat on your head.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 45: wig hat – A hair piece for a fox.|
|Homeboy 23: Out poked Candy’s spunsugar wighat, baby blues agog.|
|In The Cut 54: wig hat, wig.|
|If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing! n.p.: Look at Molly dance, here she comes / Wearin’ her wig hat and shades to match.|
(US black) a psychiatrist.
|Set This House on Fire 408: Well, dreams, you know. I never put much stock in them. [...] those naval wig pickers in San Francisco used to try and worm a few of them out of me.|
|Religious Systems and Psychotherapy 369: It has become popular in our day to call psychiatrists all kinds of names [...] wig picker, head shrinker, nut cracker, witch doctor, couch doctor, nerve doctor.|
|Strip Tease 89: ‘Come on, wigpicker. Trau-ma-tized’ [...] In a shaky but defiant voice, the psychiatrist spelled the word perfectly.|
|You’re Stepping on my Cloak and Dagger 66: Only I drew a lady wig picker. Fortyish, attractive, with what I took to be a Viennese accent, and extremely sharp.|
|Riverfront Dreams 92: He was a loner, a hermit, what a wig picker would have labeled a misanthropic.|
(US black) a wonderful, admirable individual.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 9: I’m not hep to the why ‘fur’, but for me you are a wig tightner, for you I would knock fowl soup.|
(US black) an idea.
|Really the Blues 158: I didn’t have enough wig-trigs to explain why.|
|Golden Runaways 185: All you yard-dogs got no wig-trig how much a nigger feels he's the better man.|
|Vintage Ford 32 38: Hit by a wig-trig during a warm spell last week, I traipsed out to the barn and sorted out various parts from the stock room.|
1. (US black, also fracture one’s wig) to feel excited, enthusiastic or furious.
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 253: blew their wigs (adj.): excited with enthusiasm, gone crazy.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 134: I’ll just have to go to my mother. She’ll probably blow her wig when she sees me.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 483: fracture your wig : To get angry. Love can make you fracture your wig.|
|Standford Short Stories 8 27: ‘I don't know!’ Travis shouted. ‘How do I know? I ain’t no doctor!’ [...] ‘You don't have to blow your wig,’ Jaeger said.|
|Black! (1996) 190: I blasted then, really blew my wig!‘Yet Princes Follow’ in|
|(con. 1960s) Night People 99: It used to amuse me to hear them getting warm and blowing their wigs.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 53: To blow up is to lose one’s temper, as is to blow a fuse or a gasket and to blow [one’s] top or cork or stack or wig.|
|White Thought 49: Don’t blow your wig, scholar. Let the beer fiddlers play.|
|Get Rich Quick 54: ‘Give the money back, clear out, and that’s the finish. Otherwise, both of you are dead.’ Max spoke then. ‘Well, dad, don’t blow your wig just yet. Hear this’.|
2. to lose one’s mind.
|‘New Blowtop Blues’ [lyrics] I’ve got bad news baby, and you’re the first to know, / [...] / Well I discovered this morning that my wig is about to blow.|
|Killer’s Wedge (1981) 13: It looks like you’ve blown your wig, that’s what it looks like. What the hell’s the gun for?|
used of a poseur, ‘all talk and no action’.
|Newcastle Courant 14 June 1/2: If we have a War, it is such brave Fellows as Cavally that must save us, not those pretty Smock-faced Fellows that are all Wigg and Waistcoat.|
(US black) to go mad.
|Teen-Age Mafia 169: He must have cracked his wig to have thought that he could get away with it.|
1. to lose one’s temper.
|‘Sweet Marijuana Brown’ in Murder at the Vanities [film script] She plants, you dig – she’s flipped her wig. / Sweet Marijuana Brown.|
|Beat Generation 32: Rajah hadn’t flipped his wig.|
|Gidget Goes Hawaiian 112: A gorgeous package like Abby flipping her wig.|
|Gumshoe (1998) 25: Don’t flip your wig, buster.|
|Lush 65: Help! [...] The guy’s flipped his wig.|
|Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY) 16 Mar. 35/2: ‘Phimbean has popped his cork, flipped his wig, blown his stack’.|
|AutoCAD 2013 for Dummies n.p.: If you’re having problems getting the look you want, don't flip your wig.|
2. to lose one’s sanity; in weak use, to become emotional, e.g. through love.
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 249: Maybe like the chick’s flippin her wig.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 616: My lawyer flipped his wig on the coast and came out here to avoid being committed.letter 5 June in|
|Blue Movie (1974) 181: Suppose one of those big boogs flips his wig, and does something screwy?|
|Go-Boy! 138: Her terror was so great that she just flipped her wig right there and then.|
|‘Has Anybody Seen my Cool?’ in Love and Dandelions 36: I’ve always kept my feet on the ground, / Until that little girl came around, / And then I flipped my wig.|
|Onyalum Retribution 365: Maybe he had wanted to be confronted so that he could tell someone about his beloved Admiral who had flipped his wig.|
|29 Yrs from Home 63: Don’t flip your wig, man. You don’t have to yell. I'm just two feet away.|
(US black) to be drunk.
|(con. 1930s) Night People 70: Like they all say when their wigs are tight. [Ibid.] 118: To have a ‘tight wig’ is to be high or drunk.|
to remain calm.
|DSUE (8th edn) 638: from ca. 1910.|
|Stump 198: Alright, cunt! Keep yer fuckin wig on, will yer!|
|Kidnap in the Caribbean n.p.: ‘Keep your wig on,’ said Jimmy. ‘I was only joking’.|
(US black) to comb one’s hair.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 22 Aug. 7/7: Know [sic] my wig — (comb my hair).|
|Jive and Sl.|
(US black) to amaze, to delight, to thrill.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 87: To ‘lift the wig’ [...] is an indication that one is suddenly ‘surprised,’ ‘overjoyed,’ or ‘thrilled’ at something potent, unbelievably fresh, or ‘surprising’ as to automatically ‘lift the wig.’.|
(orig. US black) one who is without inhibitions or open to new ideas; thus loosen one’s wig v., to behave crazily.
|Jazz for Moderns 20: loose wig: a completely uninhibited really way-out musician.|
|(con. 1950s) Straight Life 177: We had a saying: ‘To loosen your wig.’ When you got uptight and really nervous, then you’d ‘unscrew your cap,’ and [...] get silly and nutty and make weird noises.|
(drugs) to lose one’s mind from drug intoxication.
|Getting Straight 110: You gotta give six months notice to lose your wig?|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
(US) to go mad.
|Man with the Golden Arm 40: Her old lady got scared by a rat so bad she slipped her wig.|
(US) to lose emotional control.
|Candy (1970) 153: Me being thirty-four, and him a young, soulful-looking cat, snapping his wig like that on account of my tight slick goodie.|
|(con. 1940s) Man Walking On Eggshells 155: A cat could only take so much of that kind of stuff without snapping his wig.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 20: Naturally the studio was quick to snap its wig.|
(US Black) to alarm, to amaze.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 10 Feb. 7/1: Hi Billy — I hope you won’t dig me as being a drag in layin’ this line on you, but these old peepers of mine picked up a sight that really snatched my wig.|
(US) to suffer pain, to feel depressed, to be at the end of one’s tether.
|Corner Boy 45: ‘My wig is split,’ Scar moaned.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 43: I wondered what ‘overwrought’ meant. It sounded like a word you’d use when somebody had split his wig.|
1. (US prison) to hit someone quickly and hard in the head.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Split Your Wig: A quick punch to the head. (TX).|
|Last Burn in Hell 12: If you’s a fuckin’ weezo we gonna split yo muddafuggin’ wig.|
|mydogharriet.blogspot.com 26 Sept. [Internet] So your little jitterbug has the rabbit in her, and thinks its funny to split your wig.|
2. (US black) to hit hard; to kill.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] split someone’s wig Definition: to kill someone; kick someone’s ass with intention to kill. Example: Yo, Kenyan got his ass beat down!! that nigga, B Dogg, nearly split his wig, yo!|
|‘Life Is 2009’ [lyrics] Cause if you tell on us, we’ll be splittin your wig.|
1. to give someone else marijuana; to render someone intoxicated.
|Really the Blues 218: This cat’s playin’ ketch-up and I got to tighten his wig.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 241: tighten somebody’s wig To give him some marijuana to smoke.|
2. to delight.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 6: Here’s a cat that lays a group of ivory talking trash and strictly putting down a gang of jive. The situation is much mellow, it’s many fine and understand gates it will tighten your wig.|
|Chicken (2003) 174: When you git tired of awll that prissy pussy, you come awn down, and we tighten your wig for ya.|
(US black) to think fast.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 103: I’m trigging my wig to see if I can dig where I latched onto you before.|
SE in slang uses
1. a fool.
|Agreeable Surprise (translation) II ii: Damn the old wig-block.|
2. (also wig box, wig stand) the head.
|‘Luke Caffrey’s Ghost’ in Limerick 4: For if but an inch dat you stir, / De devil your wig-blocks shall batter.|
|Paved with Gold 190: Hammer took advantage of the pause [...] to go up to his corner and once more get the ‘liquid rouge’ wiped of his ‘wig-block.’.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 214: wig stand the head [...] Syn: wig box.|
a wig-maker, a hairdresser.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 266/2: Wig-faker (Low. London, 18 cent. on). Hair-dresser.|
the pubic hair.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(orig. Irish) an argument, a fight.
|Real Life in Ireland 15: In the twinkling of a blind piper’s eye there were ‘wigs on the green.’.|
|Our Antipodes II 332: Had he remained and fought well, there would unquestionably have been ‘wigs on the green.’.|
|Broken to Harness I 267: I’ll wager there’ll be ‘wigs upon the green.’.|
|McIvor Times (Heathcote, Vic.) 2 June 2/6: ‘[U]nless you turn those Cockney lads off your land there will be wigs on the green, not the wigs of game, but human wigs’.|
|Deacon Brodie I tab.III iii: There’ll be wigs on the green to-morrow, Badger!|
|Sporting Times 15 Mar. 1/5: ‘Talking of ugly babies, if you could see my cousin Dora’s last, you would think this one quite a beauty!’ It was then that the wigs were on the green.|
|Truth (Sydney) 12 May 1/7: Not wigs, but surplices and L.O.G.T. regalia ‘on the green!|
|Sons O’ Men 187: And won’t there be wigs on the green to-morrow?|
|Truth (Brisbane) 7 Feb. 2/2: When the ‘Comet’ gets to business, there'll be wigs upon the green.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 1 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That had the pair gone on, there would have been wigs on the warpath.|
|Cockney At Home 68: Jewey and Ginger raked up that old tyke scandal, and wanted to have a mill on the green.|
|Sub 74: I got clear away. There would have been wigs on the green if I hadn’t.|
|Ulysses 337: But Tommy said he wanted the ball and Edy told him no that baby was playing with the ball and if he took it there’d be wigs on the green.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 20 May 45/9: Oh Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that’s going round? / There’ll soon be wigs and other things on Erin’s emerald ground.|
|Down All the Days 55: Leaving Mother all thumbs and trembling lest Father chance to go upstairs and discover the jail-break. ‘There’ll be quare jigs on the green if he does!’ she would whispier.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 23: Wigs on the green, Francie! We’ll have them Prods swimmin’ for the Mull of Kintyre in a week!|
|(con. 1920s) Emerald Square 104: ‘There’ll be wigs on the Green,’ he said, ‘skin and hair flying.’.|
|Sun. Trib. (Dublin) 2 July n.p.: But there’ll be wigs on the green if ever I catch them [BS].|
a mild excl.
|Lectures on Art of Writing (1840) 85: Can I stand this? no – blow my wig, I’m hungry as a starving pig!|
|Hereford Jrnl 4 Feb. 4/4: Keep off, for if you come athwart my hawse, blow my wig but I’ll cut your cables!|
|‘Shadrack, The Orangeman’ Universal Songster I 27/1: Plow my vig, for vat you plow me up, vy didn’t you look sharp yourself.|
|Morn. Post 15 Sept. 4/1: Blow my wig, he has done us.|
|Operative (London) 14 Apr. 12/3: But as for the lights, blow my wig if they were not all burning as right as a trivet.|
|Bristol Mercury 5 Dec. 6/3: And blow my wig and buttons, but it puzzles me, shure-ly.|
|Huddersfield Chron. 23 Nov. 4/5: Blow my wig if ever I heard such a speech in all my life.|
see under dash v.1
see dash my wig(s)! under dash v.1
a mild excl. of surprise, irritation etc.
|Morn. Post (London) 2 Dec. 3/4: My wig! What bad grammar that were t’other night?|
|‘The Dandy Cat’s-Meat Lass’ in Universal Songster I 17/2: My vig! vat a vicked cat’s meat lass.|
|Eng. Spy I 413: My wigs and eyes – Dowton’s a better part than mine.|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 161: ‘Oh my wig, my wig!’ cried Master Charles Bates.|
|Handley Cross (1854) 60: ‘My vig!’ exclaimed Mr Jorrocks.|
|London Life 44: My vig and viskers, ain’t he volloping the donkey!|
|Sporting Times 13 May 4/4: He rubbed his hands in gleeful anticipation of some interesting work. And he got it. For that was an over! My wig!|