American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wig, especially a peruke.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as peruke.
- n. In zoology, a periwinkle.
- To dress with a periwig; hence, to put a head-dress upon; cover or dress the head of.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A headdress of false hair, usually covering the whole head, and representing the natural hair; a wig.
- v. To dress with a periwig, or with false hair.
- n. a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries
- Alteration of French perruque. Compare peruke, wig. (Wiktionary)
- By folk etymology from Old French perruque; see peruke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And the ghost also wears his periwig, which is so ridiculous that any self-respecting spectre would refuse to copy it.”
“Need I say that the periwig is a triumph of the friseur's art? ”
“I also hope that it will induce him to adopt French fashions and disregard the periwig.”
“His wife, Anne, who had stopped in to leave some mended costumes and re-curl his periwig he is forever unravelling, dropped a kiss on his forehead.”
“Hart, a man hung on an enormous frame, with thickly waved brown hair although he often wears a periwig, has a booming voice and says he is the great nephew of Shakespeare—but then everybody says that.”
““Humph,” grumbled Hart non-committally, tugging at his great periwig—new and too mousy for his rosy colouring and ill fitting to boot.”
“He was wearing the most astonishing canary-yellow hat, complete with ostrich plumes and small feathers and velvet ribbons and gold buttons plus an enormous blond periwig with ringlets almost reaching his waist.”
“Grimsley is probably the strongest vocally in the cast and he is menacing despite having to perform such gestures as removing a periwig in preparation for a planned ravishing.”
“I suppose I could weave my own periwig out of the thousands of strands I've recovered over the last few years.”
“This sounds a lot more like Sammy Glick in a periwig than good old George.”
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