from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a large bottom, as a wig of the kind formerly in common fashionable use. See wig.
  • Of great capacity below the water-line, as a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full and large at the bottom, as wigs worn by certain civil officers in Great Britain.
  • adjective (Naut.) Of great capacity below the water line.


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  • He was a stout man of some fifty years, who adhered to a full-bottomed wig in despite of fashion, and who pursed his lips on hearing of Lady Mary's determination to throw off the protection of Lord Shurland.


  • Eh? Mind you, it would be great to see in him his robes, tights, and full-bottomed wig down there at the jazz club, along with the guys in black polo necks and indoor sunglasses, the wings of his wig flopping in time to the off-beat.

    David Cameron – Listen with mother

  • I'm merely questioning what your outfit says about you when the only things covering your bottom half are full-bottomed underwear and thigh-high boots.

    Alexandra Sinderbrand: Caution: An Exposed Hoo-Ha May Be Harmful to Your Self-Esteem

  • Sir Pat would be immense, I'm sure he would restore the full-bottomed wig and breeches too.

    Who Will be the Next Speaker of the House of Commons?

  • I must own myself astonished to see that well-dressed young fellow in a full-bottomed wig, appearing in the middle of the sea, and without any visible concern taking snuff.

    The Scandal of the Season

  • It's all very splendid and traditional - judges in red robes, full-bottomed wigs etc - and the Cardinal preached very well, about St Thomas More, citing him as an inspiration for lawyers today faced with laws that do not dovetail with the ethical principles of the Gospels, and urging that his courage and prudence were good examples to follow.

    The Red Mass...

  • One must see people undressed to judge truly of their shape; when they are dressed to go abroad, their clothes are contrived to conceal, or at least palliate the defects of it: as full-bottomed wigs were contrived for the Duke of Burgundy, to conceal his hump back.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Who can respect a simpering ninny, grinning in a Roman dress and a full-bottomed wig, who is made to pass off for a hero? or a fat woman in a hoop, and of a most doubtful virtue, who leers at you as

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Theodore Blanchard strode in, followed by another man—an elderly gentleman, tall and well built, in an old-fashioned, full-bottomed wig and a dark brown coat.

    The Thief Taker

  • He was formally attired in a silk jacket of dark purple damask, black velvet breeches, and an old-fashioned full-bottomed wig.

    The Thief Taker


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  • "Having a large bottom, as a wig of the kind formerly in common fashionable use." --from the definitions.

    January 6, 2013

  • Does my head look big in this?

    January 6, 2013