from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. characterized by pomposity of manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pompous; solemnly authoritative.


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  • Seriously, Gortner has been sporadically haunting my dreams ever since that scene in Earthquake where he terrorizes a big-wigged, tightly t-shirted Victoria Principal (I tried to find the movie image ... here's a hint: Don't search Google images with her name, or, if you are Pete, go right ahead).

    A Moment of Surrealism

  • When one thinks of the patches and powder that have simpered out of those plate-glass windows — the mitred bishops, the big-wigged marshals, the shovel-hatted abbes which they have borne in their time — the human mind becomes affected in no ordinary degree.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Against all tyrants, all big-wigged impostors, black, white, or gray, was his hammer ringing, and sparks of wit were flying about as ever under his hand.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 01, November, 1857 A Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics

  • Liturgies chanted under lofty arches, creeds recited by generation following generation, traditions of law, however absurd, uttered by one big-wigged judge following a reverend line of ghostly big-wigs gone before that have said the same foolish things for ages -- these all take considerable advantage from the power of accessories to impose upon the human imagination.

    The Faith Doctor A Story of New York

  • The others are all very well in their way: the parsons, and the soldiers, and the big-wigged lawyers, and the merchants, and the doctors, and the

    Salt Water The Sea Life and Adventures of Neil D'Arcy the Midshipman

  • On one subject he greatly tried her forbearance -- the unbecoming levity, as she esteemed it, with which he regarded the big-wigged gentlemen and hooped and farthingaled ladies whose portraits ornamented their picture gallery.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Or, The Christmas Guest

  • Towards nightfall comes the chariot of a physician, and deposits its big-wigged and solemn burden at Wakefield's door, whence, after a quarter of an hour's visit, he emerges, perchance the herald of a funeral.


  • It has a gallery of portraits of the different ambassadors, a big-wigged if a not big-witted set.

    A Residence in France

  • Toward nightfall comes the chariot of a physician and deposits its big-wigged and solemn burden at Wakefield's door, whence after a quarter of an hour's visit he emerges, perchance the herald of

    Twice Told Tales

  • (venerable, Saturnian, big-wigged dynasty!) could review it down.

    Famous Reviews


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