Bigwig Big"wig`, n. [Big,a.+ wig.] A person of consequence; as, the bigwigs of society. [Jocose] [1913 Webster]

In our youth we have heard him spoken of by the bigwigs with extreme condescension. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

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