Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wig, especially a peruke.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To dress with a periwig; hence, to put a head-dress upon; cover or dress the head of.
  • noun Same as peruke.
  • noun In zoology, a periwinkle.

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

  • noun A headdress of false hair, usually covering the whole head, and representing the natural hair; a wig.
  • transitive verb To dress with a periwig, or with false hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical wig
  • verb transitive To dress with a periwig, or with false hair; to bewig.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[By folk etymology from Old French perruque; see peruke.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Alteration of French perruque. Compare peruke, wig.

Examples

  • "And the ghost also wears his periwig, which is so ridiculous that any self-respecting spectre would refuse to copy it."

    The Queen Pedauque

  • Need I say that the periwig is a triumph of the friseur's art? "

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • 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.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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.

    Exit the Actress

  • I also hope that it will induce him to adopt French fashions and disregard the periwig.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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.

    Exit the Actress

  • “Humph,” grumbled Hart non-committally, tugging at his great periwig—new and too mousy for his rosy colouring and ill fitting to boot.

    Exit the Actress

  • I also hope that it will induce him to adopt French fashions and disregard the periwig.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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.

    Exit the Actress

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